In adapting Maurice Sendak’s children’s book Where the Wild Things Are to the big screen, director Spike Jonze tried to capture the feeling — for adults and kids both — of being nine years old. Furry creatures that had never before spoken a word were given dialogue, and brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and the actors Catherine O’Hara, Lauren Ambrose and Forest Whitaker. I sat down with them — as well as Catherine Keener and star Max Records — in Los Angeles to talk about how Jonze approached the movie and more.
At the premiere this week in New York, the film’s executive producer Tom Hanks and I talked about the popularity of the movie and the trouble I had getting a Max Halloween costume. According to Keener, even President Obama has read the book, and she tells us in the video how she knows. Take a look.
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