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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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  • 20092009
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  • 1h 41m






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Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.






  • Director
    • Spike Jonze
  • Writers
    • Spike Jonze(screenplay)
    • Dave Eggers(screenplay)
    • Maurice Sendak(book)
  • Stars
    • Max Records
    • Catherine O'Hara(voice)
    • Forest Whitaker(voice)
  • Director
    • Spike Jonze
  • Writers
    • Spike Jonze(screenplay)
    • Dave Eggers(screenplay)
    • Maurice Sendak(book)
  • Stars
    • Max Records
    • Catherine O'Hara(voice)
    • Forest Whitaker(voice)
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    • 460User reviews
    • 345Critic reviews
    • 71Metascore
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    • Awards
      • 7 wins & 54 nominations


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    Top cast

    Max Records

    Catherine O'Hara

    • Judith
    • (voice)

    Forest Whitaker

    • Ira
    • (voice)

    Pepita Emmerichs

    • Claire

    Max Pfeifer

    • Claire's Friend

    Madeleine Greaves

    • Claire's Friend

    Joshua Jay

    • Claire's Friend

    Ryan Corr

    • Claire's Friend

    Catherine Keener

    Steve Mouzakis

    • Teacher

    Mark Ruffalo

    • The Boyfriend

    James Gandolfini

    • Carol
    • (voice)

    Vincent Crowley

    • Carol Suit Performer

    Paul Dano

    • Alexander
    • (voice)

    Sonny Gerasimowicz

    • Alexander Suit Performer

    Nick Farnell

    • Judith Suit Performer

    Sam Longley

    • Ira Suit Performer

    Michael Berry Jr.

    • The Bull
    • (voice)
    • Director
      • Spike Jonze
    • Writers
      • Spike Jonze(screenplay)
      • Dave Eggers(screenplay)
      • Maurice Sendak(book)
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    Did you know

    • Quotes

      Douglas: Will you keep out all the sadness?

      Max: I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness, and it's big enough for all of us.

    • Connections

      Featured in The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Duplicity/Knowing/I Love You, Man (2009)

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    Beautiful to watch with a great story

    Where the Wild Things are is not perfect, it is a little too long and sometimes rather slow too, though in regard to the latter the pacing may have been deliberate. But it is a very effective adaptation of a great story. Where the Wild Things Are is beautiful to watch, the cinematography is spellbinding, while the sceneries, character movements and colours are mesmerising for the visual senses. The soundtrack adds to the mood wonderfully, it never feels intrusive or generic, instead it is a poignant and reflective soundtrack.

    The story is a beautiful and affecting one, with a touch of weirdness perhaps, and the writing is very good that doesn't jar with the film's tone. The characters also add to the film's success, I can understand why people can't warm to Max but he is a complex character, I found him easy to relate to and is written adeptly. The supporting characters are weird but in a wonderful way, while the voice acting and acting are terrific especially from Max Records who is just exceptional. Overall, a beautiful, poignant and haunting film, depressing it is but that was intentional. 8/10 Bethany Cox



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    • Mar 6, 2011
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    • Release date
      • October 16, 2009 (United States)
    • Countries of origin
      • Germany
      • United States
      • Australia
    • Official sites
      • Official Facebook
      • Warner Bros. (France)
    • Language
      • English
    • Also known as
      • More Rice
    • Filming locations
      • Flinders, Victoria, Australia
    • Production companies
      • Warner Bros.
      • Legendary Entertainment
      • Village Roadshow Pictures
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    Box office

    • Budget
      • $100,000,000 (estimated)
    • Gross US & Canada
      • $77,233,467
    • Opening weekend US & Canada
      • $32,695,407
      • Oct 18, 2009
    • Gross worldwide
      • $100,140,916
    See detailed box office info on IMDbPro

    Technical specs

    • Runtime

      1 hour 41 minutes

    • Color
    • Sound mix
      • Dolby Digital
      • SDDS
      • DTS
    • Aspect ratio
      • 2. 39 : 1

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    The Bizarre Secret Hidden in 'Where The Wild Things Are'


    My toddler has found the oddest thing hidden in plain sight in the pages of the Maurice Sendak classic.

    by Ryan Britt


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    What kind of monsters are the titular Wild Things of Where the Wild Things Are? The knee-jerk answer is that it doesn’t matter since all of it exists in Max’s imagination. The 2009 Spike Jonze film adaptation of the 1963 Maurice Sendak picture book muddies the waters a bit, if only because Max actually leaves his room and takes a boat to where the Wild Things are, rather than, you know, imagining all of it happening in his room. Either way, there seems to be some set of internal rules governing the Wild Things, otherwise, we wouldn’t really care. To paraphrase Dumbledore, just because something exists entirely in your mind, doesn’t mean it’s not “real.” So, the Wild Things have some guidelines as to when rumpuses begin and end, and they have some sort of ethical code as to who they eat-up and who they don’t.

    So, why, I ask, do some of the Wild Things have bizarre human noses, while the other ones do not? Full disclosure, this revelation was not mine. Recently, my three-year-old (who has weaponized the word “rumpus”) pointed at the pages of the book, and said, “Dad, why do some of them have HUMAN noses?” She said this like she was offended and disturbed, and I couldn’t blame her. The brilliance of the Wild Things is that they are (mostly) creepy chimeras of various animal parts. Any metaphorical relationships the Wild Things have to actual “people” in the life of Max is better left to the musings of Dave Eggers, and frankly, not something I think about when I read the book to my daughter. Plus, it doesn’t help to answer a 3-year-old’s question of why.

    Credit: Maurice Sendak

    Ask an adult why some of the Wild Things have “human noses,” and they’ll say: Because the Wild Things are imaginary. But, try that answer out with a 3-year-old. You see the problem right away. When a 3-year-old asks you “why” relative to the constructs of a made-up-fantasy world, the distinction between a daydream world in Sendak, and a fully-realized fantasy kingdom like Narnia is razor-thin.

    The reason why my daughter objects to the (roughly two) Wild Things with “human noses,” is that it’s inconsistent with the subtle world-building of the rest of the book. As any parent knows, telling a 3-year-old “that’s just the way it is” works just about as well in real life as it does with islands populated by yellow-eyed, hungry monsters. An answer — even one that exists in your mind, and then filtered for your child — has to exist. And, if the answer is Doylist – I.E. they look that way because Sendak drew them that way – then you’re a bad parent. You need a Watsonian, in-universe answer to the question to play by the same rules as your kids’ imagination. (I’ll also note that the Wild Thing with the most human nose of all doesn’t look that different from my own nose.)

    My personal Wild Things fan-theory is that the island of the Wild Things exists in a kind of Island of Doctor Moreau scenario. At some point, all of these chimeras were experiments gone awry, and tragically, before the story begins, a mad scientist spliced Wild Things with humans, hence the existence of human noses. This answer happens to fit the facts, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right one for my 3-year-old. I have considered telling her that all the Wild Things are genetic experiments, but the story is heavy enough already, don’t you think?

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak's classic tale of a boy and his island of mutant monsters.


    The first time my kid asked me about the human noses was pretty recently, and I have to admit my first answer was weak but honest, “I’m not sure.” After that, I’ve been torn between, saying “there are a lot of kinds of Wild Things,” OR “Sorry honey, the Wild Things are aberrations of the natural world” before going full-Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.

    What’s the right answer? I’m not totally sure, but if any parents face a similar conundrum, this is what I’ve come up with. If my daughter asks why these grotesque mutants occasionally have human noses, I think the best answer is this: You know what? The Wild Things are people, too.

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    Series "Wild Things"

    Information about the series "Wild Things"

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    The plot of the series "Wild Things"

    The couple, who ruined each other's life, finally got divorced. However, after the official divorce, the former married couple suddenly began to be suspected of committing a crime. In order to hide the traces of the offense, the ex-spouses will again have to spend a lot of time with each other. This is the reason why a man and a woman fall in love again.

    Casting for Wild Things

    Well-known Turkish actors starred in the casting of the mini-series, among them names such as Nurgul Yesilchay, Selim Bayraktar, Aytach Ushun and Khazal Tyuresan.

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