Since its publication in 1963, the 338-word story of Max has been a bedtime favorite of wild things everywhere (and their parents). After five decades, director Spike Jonze enlists the stars to play the beasts that inhabit Maurice Sendak‘s magical world into the great hit “Where the Wild Things Are”. Jonze has done a masterly job, giving live to Sendak words, and broken one Hollywood doctrine: children’s cinema need steady stream of laughs, action sequences and references to flatulence.
Time Magazine has praised that “The beauty of “Where the Wild Things Are” is that for all its fantastical elements, it’s a work of realism, an exploration of mood and emotion. Like Sendak’s book, which on initial publication was considered too edgy and creepy by some critics and libraries, the movie is dark, but it is perhaps even more richly cathartic”.
Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini) and Max (Max Records) in “Where the Wild Things Are” directed by Spike Jonze.
The commercial trailer of “Where the Wild Things Are” was rated as top five trailers for children movies.
Besides the stunning beautiful characters “Where the Wild Things Are” story were brought to screen, here are some other movies in which Hollywood chose to retell a children’s classic using real actors.
“Mary Poppins” (1964)
It took Disney over two decades to persuade M.L. Travers, author of the Poppins books, to allow the studio to bring her magical nanny to the big screen. This is the first film to blur the line between real action and animation by having real actors appear with cartoon penguins in a scene.
The special effects like Mary’s umbrella-powered flight were considered state-of-the art in the 1960s.
“The Little Prince” (1974)
The beloved story of Antoine de Saint Exupéry was recast as a musical film under the talented production of director Stanley Donen with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.
In “The Little Prince“, produced in 1974, Stephen Warner plays the title role, Bob Fosse plays the Snake, and Gene Wilder plays the Fox.
Before bringing the famous Madeline into a real life, the story was made into animated movies several times. The story itself was brilliant, however, the film was not highly rated for actor performance.
The tales of “smallest girl in the straight lines” Madeline came to life in 1998, with Hatty Jones as title character.
“Stuart Little” (1999)
The movie tells the story of a talking mouse who is adopted by a human family. Stuart must use all the love and courage he has to gain their acceptance. The movie was based on E.B. White’s 1945 novel but little in common with the original book.
Stuart is voiced by Michael J. Fox, while his adoptive parents are played by Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie
“The Grinch” (2000)
Dr. Seuss’s 1957 tale of Christmas time redemption was brought into the big screen by director Ron Howard with many new details from the book.
“The Grinch” became a blockbuster when it was first released in 2000, and remained No.1 position for four weeks in a row.
Harry Potter series
The popular of Harry Potter books by Rowling with millions of copies sold made the film producers rapidly work to release their Potter film. The first movie of series in 2001 earned up to $ 1 billion at the box office. The last part, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II”, is expected to be released in the summer of 2011.
Harry Potter series turn their casts – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Ruper Grint – into international stars.
“Nanny McPhee” (2006)
“Nanny McPhee” stars Emma Thompson, a magical nanny under the cover of an ugly hag. Transformed into a beautiful young woman, she teaches the children manners as well as helps them and their fathers find the true love and happiness. The character Nanny MacPhee was adapted from Christianna Brand’s Nurse Matilda books.
The movies earned enormous success with the revenue more than $ 100 million worldwide.
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