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Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. So it looks like Warner Bros. has spent most of the weekend chasing a leaked clip from WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE around the internet. It started its viral life over at Buzznet, and since then it’s been popping up all over the place. And along with the clip, there’s been a lot of speculation about what it is and where it fits into the movie. People are wondering if it’s test footage or an actual clip or what. Let’s check it out before they yank it again, and then I’ll try to explain what I know about it:


Now, I’ve seen this film. Or rather, I saw a version of it. And I can tell you that there’s a reason this film isn’t coming out in 2008 anymore. There’s a lot of work left to do on it, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about some fairly massive reshoots in the months ahead. I wish I could be more specific, but because of how I saw it, I can’t offer any sort of real review. I can tell you that there’s something odd about the clip above. The Wild Thing in that clip is Carrol, played in the version I saw by James Gandolfini. That is most definitely NOT Gandolfini’s voice in that clip though. But it’s a very finished piece of film, because in the rough footage, none of the Wild Things have articulated faces. The costumes were all built to have immobile features that would be replaced in post-production by CGI, and it looks like this clip has had that work done on it. So what are we looking at? Tone-wise, this is the film. It’s a little bit strange, a little bit sad, and it looks like a real world, not some greenscreen fantasy land. We’ll keep you posted on this one as work continues on it, but for right now, this one’s a looooooooong way away, so enjoy this little taste.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Ash says...

    by LitCrit621

    Groovy. And first.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by Queerbait

    Who wanna smash some fruit? Black Gallagher Bitch!

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by Queerbait

    I got warrants!

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Like It

    by secretcylon

    Very Beautiful and REAL looking! I'm very tired of overly slick, super fake, headachey, cg environments.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Looks like a proof of concept test

    by Teddy Artery

    Kinda interesting... but I really hope the final is more magical, less "real world". Who needs the real world in a movie? We've already seen reality and it sucks.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I think I would have prefered something more "Hensonesque"

    by IndustryKiller!

    With a little more built in wonder, a little more atmosphere. The clip looked like the tone is a bit, I dunno, Brechtian. The overly obvious mascot looking suit, the very real world looking blandish location. I guess I was expecting a bit more imagination to the setting as well as the monsters rather than a more straightforward approach. I was supposed to go to the screening in Pasadena Mori went to but couldn't make it and had to give my place to some friends who really didn't care for the film at all and this looks basically like what they described. It's Jonez though, who has more than earned the benefit of the doubt.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    that's the most surprising clip of the year for me

    by prunkhaft

    so far. I really thought this was going to be a homerun, sadly this looks very bland. Massive reshoots? The land of a childs imagination looks like a random field? For having such a visually interesting director at the helm I was really expecting some inventive eye candy. Well, I hope they get their shit together.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    What the hell was that?

    by JackIsLost

    Big fan of Spike Jonze but why is half of this scene shot from about 100 yards away? And why do you think it needs massive reshoots, Mori?

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Wow. Is that some Disney on Ice show?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Looks bad.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Spike's next project: should be

    by Stevie Grant

    adapting the Sabotage music video into a feature film.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...I was excited, now? Not so much.

    by HoldingTheVigil

    Unless this clip is absolutely nothing like the rest of the movie. I mean, I loved this book as a kid. This clip doesn't have the magical fantastic atmosphere that the book does. The monster costume looks great, but that's about it. And what's with them wandering through the woods? They were on a really sweet tropical island in the book. And is it just me, or was there something rather off about the sound sync between the monster's animation and its vocal work?

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Mascot Suits

    by Pariah74

    Funny that was brought up because I said while watching it, "So it didn't use CGI but I bet somebody will complain that it doesn't look good...but if they had used CGI we'd hear about how crappy and fake it looked."

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    i dunno

    by Gungan Slayer

    I've always felt--and still do--that this really isn't a book that you can make a just film adapatation. I hope I'm wrong though...

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Where the David Lynch Things Are?

    by BadMrWonka

    what the hell was going on there?

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Looks Perfect

    by MasterBateman

    The creature, that is, looks perfect and thank God they used practical and not cgi.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Okay, I don't get it at all...

    by FreeKill

    I've never heard of this movie before, but it is obviously not geared toward me. Fuck, that didn't make any sense at all!

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Seriously? The Wild Things are in Griffith Park?

    by Bass Bastardson

    Give me a fucking break.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    WTF is this shit?

    by AlwaysThere

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by The Rebel

    kinda Micheal Bay-ish

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6 p.m. CST


    by kolley kibber

    Why the fuck did anyone think that they could spin a slight yarn over 90+ minutes of screen time? WTWTA is a fantastic childrens book. I was read it as a child and now I read it to my children. It's by degrees scary, thrilling and mysterious. A film version, for children, can't be any of those things. It's just a bad, bad idea from start to finish to make a film out of something which is complete and perfect at only 26 pages long. For a couple or three generations kids have flipped the pages back and forth in an attempt to fathom how Max's bedroom transforms into a forest; when the walls finally disappear, on which page the first trees appear... And now Spike Jones has padding it out with all manner of unnecessary additional story and characterisation and seems to have come up with a weird hybrid of Gummo and Pete's Dragon :-(

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6 p.m. CST


    by IndustryKiller!

    I don't mean I wanted it to be CG, im very glad its not, but it literally looks like a college football mascot. It's got no organic qualities to it whatsoever. If you look at monsters in a film like the Labyrinth they obviously look like puppets, but they have their own feel and life and soul to them and a great sense of detail, this just looks hollow and hard.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    The only people who could've nailed this

    by kolley kibber

    are PIXAR. As a short.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    except they wouldn't.

    by kolley kibber

    'cos they have a knack for coming up with original material, innit.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Are you kidding me!?! This still looks great!

    by yncurtis99

    I say the feel, look and everything else about this clip is fucking awesome. Sure the voice is a wee bit off (good thing it's changing) but dammit, I'm going to see this at least once in theaters and I'll be picking up the Blu-Ray for sure. spike jonez + WTWTA = Crazy Delicious

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by FatherMcGruderKicksAssForTheLord

    It sounds good, visually a bit mixed. The environment does look a bit too normal, but I liked the suit. <p> I'm not gonna sweat the lack of Gandolfini though, I like his acting but he wouldn't be my first choice for VOICE acting.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Not much to go on...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...but I'm up for anything that doesn't have that patented, glossy "family movie" vibe that everything aimed at kids has now. It'd be cool if Spike Jonze was trying to offer an antithesis to all that heightened reality and over-massaged visuals that kids usually get fed. I'm ready to see more of this.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Lasseter did a Wild Things test at Disney in 1983

    by bunkyboo

    Early CG sets, with Glen Keane animated characters: O8KnM

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    If Pixar had the opportunity, I'm sure they'd do it

    by bunkyboo

    It would be too good to pass up.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    It could be test footage.

    by Laserbrain

    No, this doesn't look promising but I'll reserve judgement for the time being.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn

    by deacon27

    Sounds like we've got Sean Penn's voice here instead of Tony Soprano's. Word is they've been switching roles on this movie and finding different actors to read the same part. That's the reason why the voice work is so rough and unmixed on this clip. They haven't decided who will be playing which character yet. The CGI aspect is also a headache. Jonze doesn't know what's he's doing when it comes to effects and the CGI folks are having to pick up the slack for all the mistakes made during filming. Throw in some massive re-writes (which were waiting on the WGA strike to end) and possible reshoots (they'll at least try to salvage as much footage as they have and simply animate the heads to match the new dialogue) and this little movie won't be seen for a long time to come. Might be a good thing. From what I've heard, this picture has a very dark feel to it. Not the usual kids' movie at all.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I saw the screening as well

    by landosystem

    And that is not the same kid, or the same max costume, and if they replaced the awesome kid and awesome max costume from the version I saw they heavily blew it, though I believe this is some test footage done before real filming, because that max costume wasn't nearly as detailed or awesome.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Obviously the sound is not finished

    by Bobo_Vision

    That actually kind of sounded like Spike's voice, or any technician possibly working on the film. I like what I saw nonetheless. It's a kid's film, so I'm not expecting much, but I hope to enjoy it on purely a nostalgic level re-experiencing what I may have felt when I first read the stories, and I like the fact that it looks accurately like one of the Wild Things, and realistically interacts with the kid. I think when its finally done, I'm gonna like what I see.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by AllieJamison

    That was cool. Carrol actually looks very much like a Janosch character.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Here's some larger pics

    by Suki_Jonze

    much better look at this

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I think that is Sean Penn's voice....

    by JackIsLost

    Sure sounds like him. But it's weird, like this was recorded in a barrel or something. Are they trying to make his voice sound deeper? It's such an oddly paced scene, like this is the VERY first edit which needs to be trimmed down.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    looks like a "love it or hate it" style

    by mansep

    i imagine it might take a few moments to get into the vibe of this... and some people never will. It's more Terence Malick than Jim Henson. Interesting but not sure if this will be successful, (if that clip is anything to go by). The voice of Carrol is bad, so i hope that it's just temp. I'm still curious, open minded etc.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    It's gotta be test footage

    by shmu65

    I've seen the film and I don't think that's even the kid who is in the movie. And I don't remember the kid having a tail on his costume.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    At least it isn't some CGI piece of shit

    by Jugdish

    liek everything else nowadays

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Huh...that does indeed sound like Sean Penn

    by IndustryKiller!


  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Wow, that looks like somebody's nightmare..

    by Aethyrr

    ..and of course I wanna see it

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Right, I just watched that clip while stoned...

    by brokentusk

    ... it was weird.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    that's some crazy shit

    by Vern

    I hope they just let Mr. Jonez do whatever he has in mind and don't listen to a bunch of knuckleheads second guessing him based on a mysterious clip we know nothing about. Looks like somebody actually trying to do something original. Remember how one time you guys were demanding some more of that? Well here it is, so be nice.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    can't wait for this movie

    by Kloipy

    I love that it looks more real world, and the lonely is good

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Looks worse than CGI

    by skywalkerfamily

    CGI couldn't hold this things poop.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Looks incredible. You guys are bitter assholes.

    by quamb

    Vern, agreed. At least it looks really different from anything else. Deliver a michael bay film? The geeks complain. Deliver a non-michael bay film? The geeks complain.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    is there anything left of my childhood to rape???

    by bacci40

    where the wild things are is about a child and his temper tantrum...what the fuck is this movie about???

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by snowtires

    I agree with you about this looking promising, and so far this little clip has me sold, but you can't really claim that it's original. It IS based on one of the most popular children's books of all time, after all. Although, I supposed that Hollywood's definition of 'original' is obviously quite different from the rest of the world's.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    surreal & disturbing come to mind, but

    by Orionsangels

    yet it seems moving

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Spike & The Beatles

    by Duty

    I finally got around to watching Across the Universe last night.. I really hate it. I hate it a lot. So my girlfriend and I were talking about LOVE. The Cirque du Soleil Beatles show in Las Vegas.. And how it would make a very cool movie.. It's only real plot is a love for the Fab 4 and there music... It would be a hard flick to make.. but even the worst LOVE movie would be better than that crap we watched last night. Spike Jones could make it great!....or Michael Gondry….. a live action Yellow Submarine!

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    skeptical but

    by MC-909

    it's Spyke Jonze so I'm sure it'll be just fine. Gondry should have done this one though, and Spike should have done Be Kind Rewind.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Looks fine

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Even if it is test footage it still looks good to me. Hitting the monster with the stick? Awesome. The kid doing the robot? Also awesome. The monster sad that the kid likes robots? Again, awesome. Three points: 1. Oftentimes people here bitch way too much about way too little. It’s your right, but I’m sad for you if that short little clip has ruined your childhood. 2. That sounds nothing like Spike Jonze; Spike has a real nasal voice. It might be Sean Penn, but it’s probably just a temp voice. 3. Every time I see a post written in all caps I skip right over it. I though everyone already knew that that was fucking annoying to almost everyone.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by Fing Fang Foom

    Dont listen to the haters. Looks fantastic! I'm in. Love the no green screen vibe.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    btw...jumper is critic proof

    by bacci40

    and the world is assured of its own destruction

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    That looks sort of brilliant.


    And I was never a fan of the book(s). That will definitely be something to watch while under the influence of... something.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Jumper jumps to Number One!

    by skywalkerfamily

    AICN reviewers kill themselves.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Usually I agree with you all...

    by BGDAWES

    but not this time. That clip was AWESOME! This was one of my favorite books as a kid and by that clip alone it looks like I'll be able to enjoy it as an adult on film. <br> <br> Did I catch 'Jackass' by Beck playing at the beginning of the clip? Seriously, that cracked me up for some reason and I think the monster, the plain field (and not some CGI wonderland bullshit), and dialog were PERFECT.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Old test clip

    by OwnedbyGeorge

    Shot years ago--before Max was cast and before Henson Creature Shop was involved.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Super Nintendo Chalmers

    by bacci40

    if the entire point of the story is removed (the objectification of a child's temper tantrum) then, is there a point, other than looking at nice cgi and nice cinematography? all of the monsters and the jungle are a creation of max's mind...every monster is a part of his is one of the most brilliant young children's books ever made and it is studied in both hs and univesity...but you are wowed by the kid hitting one of the monsters with a stick and by his doing the robot and the monster getting upset at that? unless that was a jab at michael bay, im none too happy....saying that, i most likely will be taking the nieces and nephews to this flick...but i wont be happy about it

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Wow! That was wonderfully understated.

    by The Outlander

    A fantasy film with genuine heart soul, who would have thunk.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    I remember that being one of my favorite books as a kid, but I don't remember anything about it besides that. That little clip just seems very trippy and surreal. I'm not sure who that will appeal to...adults,, probably not although maybe. If they like sponge bob and other shit cartoons, then maybe they will like this too. I had crappy taste as a little kid as well.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by bacci40

    very few critics gave jumper a thumbs up...the movie is eye candy...and if you want to spend 11 bux for eye candy...more power to ya

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    11 bux for a movie?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Go during the day when it's four.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    "it is one of the most brilliant young children's books ever made and it is studied in both hs and univesity" And guess what? That little clip hasn't changed that. I agree that the book is brilliant, even though your qualification of brilliant is that it is studied in "both hs and univesity" is a little hokey. I'm not "wowed" but Max hitting him with a stick, I just think that it's a cool, quirky little minute and a half clip. You do not control the direction that this movie is going in. Your options are to enjoy it for what it is or avoid it, knowing you can't handle it if things don't turn out EXACTLY as you have imagined. No matter what that book you talk so highly of is still sitting there waiting for you even if the movie turns out to be utter dog sit.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    dog sit

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    What the fuck did I just type "dog sit" for?

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Don't confuse morosity with originality or darkness

    by IndustryKiller!

    I don't really see how the overly Griffith Park looking location is either respectful of the book or original. And while I do like the what jonez is going for between the characters and the randomness of a child's mind (i.e. the robot) I'm not feeling any sense of wonder or imagination, which is absolutely clutch in any kind of child's fable.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I thought the kids was going to hit the monster

    by classyfredblassy

    In the balls with that stick. Made of steel my ass.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Not at all what I had pictured for this adaptation.

    by SkinJob69

    But agree with Vern- this could be a very original interpretation of Sendak's book.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I never realized that the Wild Things are...

    by JackIsLost

    manic depressants in need of Prozac. "Robots are the best..."

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    leobloom, the AMC 30 here in Houston...

    by JackIsLost

    only charges $5 for a matinee of any movie.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    wonder and imagination

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    I agree the wonder and imagination are important, but how can you make that judgment from such a short clip? Anyway, I'm still not convinced that this is actual completed film footage.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Fuck robots...

    by classyfredblassy

    MILFs are the best. Stay of the ridlin kid.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Wha wha wha??

    by joet88

    I'm surprised at the negative reaction to this clip. I am really amazed by this glimpse of what this movie is going to be. I'd say there's a lot of "magic and wonder," even if it's not exactly obvious.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Is this the same kid?

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Can't tell. Anyone else remember seeing this picture?

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    This picture:

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by theyetiiswaiting

    Tonally that clip seemed very much in keeping with Jonze's previous output and visually I definitely liked what I saw. That clip has really whet my appetite for this film.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    That picture looks like it's from a different film

    by IndustryKiller!

    the picture from Super nintendo's post above look amazing, exactly what a film based on the book should look like. But it's odd, the clip has none of that atmosphere and the monsters look much better in the pic.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Well damn

    by Bagheera

    Now, just like with Holes and Ella Enchanted, I can add another movie that I must avoid at all costs while trying to preserve my fond childhood memories.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    The picture

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    It does look like it's from a different film, which is why I think that this was a test for the cgi facial movements. Or something. I'm just pretending to know what I'm talking about.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    It's gotta be test or POC footage

    by RobertBaron

    It's blatantly Griffith Park with the observatory in the background. No way it's that obvious in the finished picture

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I am almost convinced that this is just test footage...

    by JackIsLost

    Mainly b/c the kid doesn't look like the kid from the photo posted by Nintendo (which I had seen before and looks awesome) and while the CGI face stuff appears to be done, it's also a bit out of sync with the voice. The voice not being Gandolfini might also be an indication its just test stuff (although it really DOES sound like Sean Penn). I guess we shouldn't judge the movie since it's over a year away (and may be partially reshot) but damn I just really want this to be good.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Looks good. Very surreal.

    by Quake II

    I love the scale of the monster and the natural setting they are both in. It's refreshing to see such a massive creature NOT done in CGI.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    That put...

    by godson


  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by THX1227

    Wasn't Benicio Del Toro associated with the pic at one point? That's who it sounds like to me... I am a HUGE WTWTA fan -- I've got a page from the book inked into my entire forearm -- and I LOVE all the stills that I've seen from the flick, and this footage (whatever it may be) has got me begging for more. Carol (Moishe, damn it!) looks a little stiff -- but, from what I can see, the CG looks pretty damn good -- so I'm hoping it's test/early footage. I have faith in Spike...

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Looks like Tinky Winky.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Pretty weird.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Very interesting

    by The Grug

    I really liked both the look and tone of that clip, from what other talkbackers are saying it would appear that this is test footage. I'm really interested to see this one. Plus it was shot in my home town!

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Calling the Creature Shop

    by Larry of Arabia

    Man, this made me miss Jim Henson so very much. You youngsters have no idea how evocative of his style this is. The only difference is that he would have had non-cgi articulated faces on the Wild Things. Yeah, Spike had problems but Henson always had a way to figure this stuff out. His large monsters, like Sweetums, were right from a child's imagination. The motion was limited but the character in the voice and face was exceptional. He'd have made this a true home run.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    it looks like a geico ad

    by Mr.Slade

    but that is not such a bad thing

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I like the tone of this clip

    by Proman1984

    It's very subdued. Very Spike Jonze. I like that.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    OK, THAT WAS WIERD!!!!!!

    by ludmir88


  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Somebody call Phil Tippet and pay him whatever

    by skywalkerfamily

    he wants.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Well I though it looked great

    by PVIII

    put me in the best mood for some reason...

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by mightythor

    i like it. this i would take my kids to.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by Anna Valerious

    The Wild Things suits were constructed by the Creature Shop.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Animated movie

    by slayers bitch

    Animated short of the book using Maurice Sendak's original drawings

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Hope this is a test shot

    by SithScorp

    ... because it looks awful. It looks like it was shot in a backyard. HORRIBLE CAMERAWORK, NO ART DESIGN (the world feels wrong), and the creature looks like it was designed in the 80s.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Looks like a mascot...

    by Pariah74

    ...except for the independently moving tail, fully articulated face, skin that does fold up in the joints, and pretty much every single aspect of the creature that makes it look like the monster from the book. Yeah, except for everything it looks just a mascot. Go kill yourself.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Soopaman fans!

    by iwontwin

    check it out!

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Live action? I did not realize.

    by msspurlock

    When I first heard of this I assumed maybe CGI or animated. Hmmm. Gutsy.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    That's the worst thing I've ever seen

    by cornponious

    but kids should like it.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Henson....

    by Fatkraken

    Maurice Sendak was definately an influence for Labyrinth; he's cited in the credits as an inspiration

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I thought I was high watching that

    by skywalkerfamily

    even though I've never smoked in my life.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Anna Valerious

    by Larry of Arabia

    Ah! No wonder I felt nostalgic for the Creature Shop watching this clip. Not Jim though. It's still early. Let's see where they go with this.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I have never smoked weed either...

    by JackIsLost

    But I may get some to watch this movie.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    This has got to be test footage..

    by Space Disc Jockey

    WTWTA was certainly one of my favorite books, as a kid and I'm actually surprised it has taken this long for a film to be made. As someone mentioned on here, this should've been made by Pixar (I saw that 1983 Diseny test footage). Anyway, I thought Spike Jonez was an interesting choice, but I realized that he has not really messed with CGI and other special-effects projects like this before and so, maybe this was the wrong project for him. He is a brilliant filmmaker, but I don't think this subject is right for him. It would've been better for him to make another original film. Having said that, I was impressed with Carrol's look/special effects, but everything else...not so much. I would like to think this is just effects test footage.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I have seen this movie. THIS IS NOT A CLIP FROM IT

    by cakebite

    That's not Max, nor is it the costume that he wears. Carol does not look like that in both costume and CG (which there was some in the test screening), nor was this a scene in the test screening. The only thing I could guess is that this was on old screen test with quickly thrown together actors and costumes. In the last test screening Max is older with a dirty, beat up, better fitting costume, no mittens or long tail, Carol doesn't have that long tail, and blah blah blah. Just wanted to point out/warn people that this clip in no way represents the film.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The Lip-Synch Is Way Off, and it Looks Boring

    by grievenom

    I don't think this will get my $$$, either at the theater or Netflix.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    WTF? This is NOT a Clip

    by mikull

    It was confirmed days ago that this is not from the film. Catch up.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    WTF? This is NOT a Clip

    by mikull

    It was confirmed days ago that this is not from the film. Catch up.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by Spiders and Zombies

    If the story to this movie is anything like the 3 page book it's going to be really boring.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    I think it looks amazing.

    by Freakemovie

    Nobody's made a children's movie that looks anything like this before. I found more magic in that clip than I would find in 100 computer-generated landscapes of whatever 30-year-old techheads think a "child's imagination" looks like.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    If this becomes Being John Malkovitch for kids...

    by RetroActive

    they'll lose interest in about 30 seconds. I hope it's good. But if he's not using the book for the spine of the story, just "inspiration"'s going to stink. I loved Malkovitch, so we'll see when the finished product comes out. But if that's the style he's going for here, that's a bad choice.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    it's Spike JONZE

    by BadMrWonka

    if one more person (including Vern) writes "Jonez" , I'm going to punch someone.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    It IS Amazing!

    by Carbonara

    It's obviously an old screen test. But... if this is what the screen test looks like... WOW! Bring on the real thing! I say let them take as much time on it as they need... nurture this baby! Perfect it! Tweak it! Love it! We can wait for it! :-)

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by redfishbluefish

    make this a great and lovely movie. i wish to reserve judgement for a less rough looking and sounding clip, but i do like the natural landscape idea... real world look with magic at the edges. but, seriously, the wild things' tail needs some personality. it looks an awful lot like the mermaid tails i saw on broadway a few weeks back. it needs to be frisky! overall, i am maintaining an attitude of hope at the moment.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Why does every news headline on AICN end with an exclamation poi

    by jaawworley

    Seriously, even headlines phrased as a question. Come on, guys. Perhaps more distressingly, every title is in BIG FUCKING LETTERS. It may benefit those in power here to read "The Elements of Style." And what's up with the tiled King Kong background?(!)

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    thats the voice of Benicio Del Toro

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    this looks very cool - i cant wait to see this - hope it doesnt take too long to finish - Spike Jonze rules - he got the best performance out of Nicolas Cage ever - best of that actors career imo

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST


    by Frankenbastard

    I can tell you first hand that clip isn’t from the movie. It’s not even close to being from the movie. Once again you all got duped.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    i'm not surprised ...

    by Dr.DirtyD the negative reaction, only because it seems 90 to 98% of the reactions on this site seem to be negative. It grows tiring after a while. Sometimes one of you all will say something clever and I'll be amused for a moment, though lately it's boreing the shit out of me due to the predictable nature of the responses. I agree with Vern in that, this is too little to go on. We have only the source material and the directors history at present. A felling of melancholy prevails in the clip above. That's really all that made an impression on me, and I have no complaints. Again, this clip is nothing compared to what we will be getting in the future. Going back to my first thoughts here: I wish there was more variety in the talk backs.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Love the clip

    by S.Lowrey

    Release it now! I loved that clip. The tone is perfect. Please don't let the studio strip this thing of it's originality.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by Dr.DirtyD

    ...I think i know what your source is. If I'm correct (Did it come from another web site?) than you sir have been duped. Think: the studio cleaning up after a big spill. Though, even if you are wrong, this is nothing more than test footage.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    If it's not from the movie...

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    If it's not even close to being from the movie then where in the hell is it from? I've said that it looks more like test footage, but who would spend all of that money on creating the monster suit and working on CGI just to fool some dorks online? Again, I'm not saying that it is actual footage from the movie, but it seems that it is connected.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    It looks/looked real...

    by Tourist

    ...But Buzznet, when they yanked it, claimed it was fan made.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Eh, okay, having read Moris thing...

    by Tourist

    ...Thats the real deal? I can see why its being dumped and shat on by the studio, if thats the tone in the finished the film. It LOOKS good, but the performances and behaviour were really awkward, and thats one monotone flat ass charismaticless kid actor. Seems all the dirt on the IMDB boards were true. Shame, I really wanted spike to nail it.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Hey Dr.DirtyD...

    by Frankenbastard

    I know people that worked on the show and I’m not going to go any further than that. Did it come from another website, what the hell is that supposed to mean? Don’t even think about attacking my ass son.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Let's all be honest: it sucks.

    by cerebulon

    If that scene is any indication of what to except in the film, it's going to be one of the worst-paced movies to grace the screen since Manos: The Hands of Fate.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST

    ...the fuck?!?

    by Playkins

    Not exactly what I imagined. Why didn't they do this animated?!?

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Could be test footage...

    by Frankenbastard with that. That works

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Confirmation of test clip

    by andrew1911uk

    Found this on FilmIck Definite proof that the clip is test -footage shot in G.Park Quote: I'm now told this clip was a test shot in the summer of 2005 in Griffith Park. And that's not the final Max, but Griffin Armstorff who improvised everything you see him do here. You can read more on the site (but not much) Man, I miss Filmick - that site had actual news.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Hope Warner won't force Jonze to change...

    by Milou

    From what we can see here, I think Jonze's approach is very ballsy... I hope Warner will not stick its nose too far on that, asking massive reshoots and CGI body animation for the characters and so on 'cause there we have some very original piece. Sweet, nostalgic, it has this flavor of a childhood memory that Sendak's book had.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Thank you andrew1911uk

    by Frankenbastard

    Thank you so much for posting that. people, rest assured the sets look close to what they do in the book it's pretty hear.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    Awww, HELL NO!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    That's cute!<p>But what the fuck is it????

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    This "clip" was on....

    by Brians Life

    a Where The Wild Things Are fansite a few days ago and was listed as not being genuine....that is that it wasn't ACTUALLY from the movie.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    And OH YEAH...that's NOT THE KID.

    by Brians Life

    Chk the Official pics that have been released. The kid in the movie is older and less annoying. And his suit is much better tailored than that one is.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    just want to throw my two cents in

    by Kuffs

    That looked pretty fucking amazing...but I understand how some could be turned off by it. However, despite whatever the outcome, I think we can all agree that a Spike Jonze helmed Where the Wild Things Are is much better than some studio approved, mass marketed watered down version. All this speculation that Jonze is being/was kicked off this project is quite frankly fucking depressing

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    i would guess this is Henson Studios test footage

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    they did the physical creature fx - or so i heard - and this looks like test footage - really damn good test footage if you ask me

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    funny, i don't remember the titular 'wild things' being

    by vaudeville villain

    so damned jealous and depressed in the book. so the kid likes to get his robotic groove on? the monster mash blows. so deal with it.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by slone13

    You should try smoking some weed. It's almost shocking that you've never gotten high.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    here's a hint...when you are claiming vaguely that you know a guy that knows a guy (you know?)...don't say, "I know people that worked on the show," when it's a MOVIE, not a SHOW.<p>just looking out for you, kiddo. there's a fine art to fallacious insinuations of Hollywood connections here in the AICN talkbacks...

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2 a.m. CST


    by Dr.DirtyD

    I'm not one to "attack" anyone Mr. Frankenbastard. Generally I use this medium to inquire into the early stages of any production. I tend to avoid back and forth discussion due to the confrontational nature of most posts which, if you read a good deal of them, remind me too much of Jr High, or high school lunchtime squabbles . I was curious about your post since i came across another website (hence my question) that claimed the above clip was fan made, a claim many are skeptical of since it resembles Mr.Jonzes work. I am curious to know why one would become so aggressive following my website inquiry. Also, I'd appreciate not being called "son". Other than that, thanks for getting back to me.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    testing, testing, your attention please!

    by Zardoz

    It's gotta be a test, right? Anyway, looking forward to it still...(and robots ARE the best!)

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    well that looks

    by Mr Cairo

    crap in all honesty

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Anything this polarizing has got to be good

    by ElGuapo

    It's pretty hard to praise or condemn something when it's this out of context. All I'll say is it's got me interested now. Oh, and about the CG... that so looks like a kid a rabbit suit, if that's the kind of hyper-reality they were going for.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Well thanks MrDirtyD...

    by Frankenbastard

    For calling me sir. I think what set me off was the assumption (“If I'm correct (Did it come from another web site?) than you sir have been duped”) that I viewed the clip and then scoured the net for info. I don’t do that but what I did do was read the post watched the clip and knew immediately afterwards just about what everyone was chiming in on was all wrong. Also as you point out most of the time it seems like a bunch of 12-15 year olds blather nonsense on here but hey I was young once I would have done the same thing the only difference is I actually liked films when I was lad. So being in my mid 40’s that’s where the son comment comes from. Maybe I did slam into you a bit to quickly so I apologize. Now get off my lawn.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by Frankenbastard

    You called me Mr. didn't you...well thanks for that.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Don't think twice Frankenbastard...

    by Dr.DirtyD's alright. PS: take care out there. Some of these young rascals might throw a rock at one of your garden gnomes.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Vern - its not original. Its based on a book..

    by Mr Chuff

    just being picky now...hope this film gets it right coz this was my fave book when i was a kid.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Looks brilliant...

    by evilnerd

    I really think its a great approach. Fantatic setting, a dialog with a sweet tonalitiy that just kids would usually come up with ("aw, robots are the best"), a none CGI-Narnia-esque inviroment (so freakin sick of it, and the haters would have complained anyway), fantastic camera, i even thought it was brilliant to have a normal-human voice-over for the monster. Like Gondry and Corbijn Spike is here to make a difference. To bad most of you, so called "experts", just dont have that sense for something new. You still feed on what hollyweird has to offer-and complain about it.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:25 a.m. CST

    BadMrWonka, people that work on mivies tend to refer to them as

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    its an old industry term - well, an fx industry term

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:25 a.m. CST

    typo... "movies"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST

    damn subject box - "shows"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    fx guys call whatever theyre workin on "shows", BadMrWonka - at least the ones im around do

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST


    by Tourist

    ...Movie type individuals use SHOW instead of MOVIE. Dork. Just pick up a copy of American Cinematographer. Not that I'm saying the guy is legit or anything. Anyway, the child actors parents and film personel infighting/bitching on the IMDB is more interesting than the film that will never arrive at this stage.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:59 a.m. CST

    holy shit is that slow moving


    could you speed it up a little bit edit out some of those long silent pauses. slow movie so that it will take a full 90 minutes will be one boring movie. also the lips dont match the voice in the least

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    that was amazing

    by ironic_name

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    count me in

    by the_night

    wow, if this is the tone of the film...... count me in. ive been asking, how can they translate this short childrens book into a feature length film and i guess this is a part answer. As i recall, the Wild Things dont want max to leave........

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... actually, there are no "sets" in the film. The entire movie is shot on natural locations, and one of the things that was so striking about it was the way it all feels like the real world and not some overproduced giant-budget "fantasy" movie. It's also all shot handheld, exactly like this clip was. I'm not guessing, either. As I said... I've seen the entire film. The reason this puzzled me so much is because there is major work being done on it, and since this wasn't in the print I saw, I was curious where it came from. It very much reflects the tone and attitude of the movie, though, and is a great indicator of what you could expect if you saw the film that exists right now.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST

    "it's not original, it's based on a book"

    by Vern

    Yeah, I am from the planet earth so I have heard of this book they have. What I meant was that the approach to adapting the book is completely original. And that's why so many people are scratching their heads over this clip, because they never would've imagined it being made this way. A hell of alot of fantasy kid's movies have been made and I never seen one anything like this clip. Not just in the way they do the monster but in having documentary style handheld cameras, normal settings, and weird improvisational dialogue between a kid and a huge monster. You expect Narnia and Harry Potter and shit, artificial backgrounds trying to shove atmosphere down your throat, orchestral music telling you how fantastical and wizardy it all is, bad CGI dragons flapping around shooting magic, and little boys staring up in awe with fairy dust twinkling around them. This is more like a Spike Jonze video.<p> (of course that's probaly partly because it's a test, but I do remember the test screening reviews described it as handheld and weirdly naturalistic and "indie" for a movie about monsters)

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST

    there is no way that is actual footage

    by stinkyfingerz

    that was shot on a digital camera they provide at film school. That seemed like some artsy film school student trying to get cute. It's probably just me, but I have no idea what just happened to my 1:42 of my life, but I want them back.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    the source material is sparse

    by livingwater

    and this is the LA version of it

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    It looks friggin weird

    by DuncanHines

    But I'll still go see it. That's probably the best children's book ever. Also, I fully agree with whomever it was earlier that said Jonze should adapt the Beasties' Sabotage video into a feature length film. The video felt like a mock of a classic 70's cop drama, and the movie could be the big-screen adaptation of a non-existent 70's TV show, in the same vein as the Dukes Of Hazzard or Charlie's Angels movies... but be ridiculous on purpose and not suck.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Ive seen some of the complaints...

    by Tourist

    ...About how it looks and how it was shot. Which is weird. Thats how Spike's stuff generally looks. Check out his music videos and two features. Lots of handheld and "choppy" chunk sort of editing and not "gritty" but more naturally captured lighting (popular with Gondry and mike mills too). Looked similar to his Island In The Sun Video. My complaint, which is nullified since its an effects test, was that it was really badly and awkwardly staged with the peformances and dialouge. But the finished film is a different kid altogether and such, so, you know, there you go. To the dude who said it looked like a cheap digital camera, please tell me which one so that I can purchase it. Oh, that and it doesn't look like Australia in the clip. Americans have better sun/smog horizons.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST


    by Tourist

    ...Its been known all along that it was being done with Giant Ass Puppets. It looks very similar to the two released stills aswell.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    And Im saying this only half jokingly...

    by Tourist

    ...Maybe this flick is a gigantic, destined-to-disaster shambles, surrounded in rumour, conjecture, vicious gossip and strange barely revealing leaks of material or this is all Spike Jonze's personal version of a Cloverfield like viral marketing campaign. Like I said, I'm only half joking.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by bobdog

    It struck a chord with me! I like it! Very minimalistic scenery, music and dialouge. Kinda nice!

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    The book is a dream, not a drug trip

    by bah

    I know most people here probably want some Burtonesque nightmare, but this strikes me as a lot closer to a kid's dream than a bunch of CGI "eye candy" would. This clip is very dreamlike; it's not supposed to be a bizarre LSD trip. That said, I don't think I could stay awake in a dark theater for more than fifteen minutes of this.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    What's the deal....

    by Gunslinger1919

    I saw that same costume being used at Barnes & Noble last weekend.... --G And yes....they ARE raping every memory from our childhoods...

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    god dang guys this is a test you can see grifith observatory 44

    by ampersand110

    it's in the right hand corner so this is a test and not in the movie. But i have a feeling that no one is going to read this and continue to bitch about how crappy it looks.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Are you fucking kidding me?

    by darthferris

    Break dancing? In "Where The Wild Things Are"? Anyone else want to emotonally rape my childhood? Jonze had better be doing some serious coke to explain that fuck up.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Greatest thing I've seen in a long Time

    by frogsfallingfromthesky

    this has made me love film more. Its brilliant and so heartfelt. I thought spikes last two movies were weak in story and this movie is not. Hes making an expierience, not some some shitty "Whimsical" adaptation, He actuallys does something original, not a shitty film school movie.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Why would you watch an unfinished movie?

    by Mr. Lahey

    I suppose it would be sort of cool, but I'd rather wait for the final version. My ex roommate downloaded the Hulk workprint that was floating around the intertubes a few years back and I wouldn't watch it.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Looks purdy, glad Jonze has used real environments

    by KillaKane

    I like the pacing, finally a childrens film that does'nt pitch to ADS bratz. Jonze is going to make something truly magical and memorable, just got to wait for this to be finessed and tweaked in post/reshoots. This clip is likely a rough tester of the CGI head replacement. Looking forward to the trailer.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    anchorite...mechanical boy!...funny. Very funny...

    by FlickaPoo


  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I've never seen anything quite like this before...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...that's all I ask from a film...

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I will hold any and all opinions of mine...

    by mefrog

    ...until I see a completed shot. This is tremendously early in production. The entire scene could be painted over. I'm still holding out for a great Wild Things movie.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    an obvious candidate for rotoscoping

    by newc0253

    a la A Scanner Darkly.<p> given the highly stylised art of the original, you'd have thunk that they'd rely heavily on rotoscoping or CGI or something.<p> points for originality of vision, though.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    looks really nice!

    by Sigmar25

    i am excited to see this movie now.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    ...Ummm ...what?

    by lovecraftian

    Was that a depressed Wild Thing? He seemed like a monster that had forgotten to take his meds. "Robots ARE the best... (sigh)...there's no God."

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    that is the most awesome thing

    by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran

    ive ever seen. hilarious, i cannot wait. robots are the best

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by Traumnovelle

    Looks delicious.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by Frankenbastard

    Well mr smarty pants when you work on a production it is called a show. Don't try and draw me out sunshine. By saying my "claims" are made up.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Where the blah things are?

    by wowsucks

    Sorry that looked lame. I agree with the med's remark.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Wait... I think I'm on to something...

    by lovecraftian

    The monster is going to turn to Max and say, "Tell me about the rabbits again, Max." Max will of course, capitulate and proceed to blow Carrol's brains all over the side of the hill. Long moment of a little boy hysterically sobbing. "Why? Why HIM?!!!" Roll Credits. Brilliant.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Thanks wow.

    by lovecraftian

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Frankenbastard

    You should know better. When you shoot anywhere, be it a New York street or in a sound stage it’s still called a SET. I’m not making things up I’m just saying what I know and from what I’ve heard. I never typed anything about where it was filmed I just know that clip isn’t in the movie. The only thing shocking about any of this is how long ago they started production of the movie.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST


    by dedrater2007

    That music sounds like something from Adaptation... anyone agree?

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    One other thing..

    by Frankenbastard

    BadMrWonka I agree with your comment “fine art to fallacious insinuations of Hollywood connections” Here is my hint for you every once in a while one of us freaks might be the real thing.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I loved that.

    by CoursinLarry

    Looks completely different from anything out there. I'm just so glad that Spike Jonze has a new movie coming out. It's been too long since Adaptation.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Was that a 2 minutes Clip?

    by T 1000 xp professional

    Let's wait this one out. I still have a really good feeling about this. "Wonder and Atmosphere" are not tangible nor specifically definable terms, especially not in the way it's been formulated in the past couple years. It's Spike Jonze the end result will likely have these. Let's wait it out guys. We're in for a treat.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    CG just cant make it photorealisic yet

    by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran

    unless you spend more time and money than anyone has. These characters have, ahem, "character" and "charm" which are *often* impossible for computers to create. GO spike!!

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Anchorite how did you find that?!

    by T 1000 xp professional

    WOW amazing. Exactly what I was talking about. Pure craftmanship. Everybody must see the clip he posted.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I'm still cracking up.

    by T 1000 xp professional

    thank you

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Brilliant, and well-played Anchorite.

    by lovecraftian

    Many kudos. I tip my hat to you, sir.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Frankenbastard

    I just spit apple turnover out of my nose. They nailed the scene.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by Lil LoLo

    that was beautiful.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Am I missing something?

    by lovecraftian

    I mean I know everyone has a right to their opinion. Maybe it is incredible, and I'm just not getting it (it's happened before.) But WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE was one of my two favorite books as a child. And that didn't strike me as Sendak's book at all. All due respect to the other posters here (and I loved ADAPTATION) but I have to agree with Anchorite's side: that looked more like WILD THING INTERRUPTED. It just seems too bleak and dry. I'll wait till the movie comes out, but if WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE turns out to be rehab, I'm getting my money back.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    GUMMO 2....

    by Flaming Moe

    Revenge of the Titty Lump

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    it would be better animated.

    by mistergreen

    Not sure if live action is the best fit for this. The art in the book is gorgeous and that would translate better in animation.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Frankenbastard, Tourist, JimmyJoe et al.

    by BadMrWonka sarcasm was not coming through very well as it turns out. I work (mostly as a pretty low rung on the ladder) in the industry as well, so when I hear "show" for a project, I gave Franken more legitimacy. I was just trying to make a joke about how most of the people on AICN claiming to be a part of something, or know someone who is, are lying, and get caught in all these silly illogical or incorrect statements, or use industry jargon incorrectly. and so Franken shouldn't use CORRECT jargon CORRECTLY or he wouldn't fit in with the rest of the rabble. get it?<p>sort of like a qualified person coming to a job and doing something correctly, and then someone else saying, "oh, don't you know? we don't do that here, ha ha ha" get it?<p>anyway, it was late and poorly written. my stupid.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    don't you folks know anything about fx?

    by viruswitshoes

    me thinks they're going to roto out the background elements and replace them with matte paintings or a 3d environment. then they'll match the foreground elements with a little color correction. looking at the way this is shot, it would be fairly easy to do since there isn't alot of movement on the subjects. the trees and bushes in the foreground would be difficult though.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I hope they use exactly that kind of musical score

    by odysseus

    Loved it -- and I love the direction Jonze is taking this.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    no biggie BadMrWonka...

    by Frankenbastard

    It’s cool, no harm done and I can see where you are coming from. i don't know if i'm low on the ladder but i do know how to sculpt one. It seems most of the time when you make a comment on here about having any real knowledge on a project by being in some way connected with “the Biz”, people naturally try to trick you into spilling more info about said production. I could have gone into it deeper but I’m not stupid and I’m not going to get friends fired from projects or myself blacklisted from future projects by flapping my gums. I stand by my original statement. The film will look beautiful, as for the pacing I have no idea, I haven’t seen a work print of the thing. I can tell you this it’s going to be a nice refreshing change of pace to see a non Burtonesque spin on a movie. And yes I like Burtons work.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Frankenbastard

    Um...yes...and no. ;)

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Your childhoods may have been raped...

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Your childhoods may have been raped...

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    but at least your asses weren't.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    ...just watched that clip a couple more times...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and I think I kind of love it. The long shots are very storybooky, and the quiet way Max walks up to the wild thing at the end? for me... The landscape looks very natural and normal, but look at the way everything is constantly moving in the breeze...tough to do that in a shiny fancypants special effects world.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by The Bandit

    I really don’t know what to make of this. I agree with those of us out there that like the fact this isn’t some overly stylistic, shiny, fancy by the numbers retard kids fantasy that are being mass produced non-stop these days. I like it; it’s got some odd real world vibe that I don’t know quite what to make of. And yet, now having said all that this may seem contradictory, but I also wanted something a bit more...I don’t know, exotic? Fantastical? I don’t know, it’s kind of hard to express. I always saw WTWTA like a painting come to life. Not something ridiculous but I just, I don’t know, WTWTA seemed to me to have a slight Alice in Wonderland kind of vibe in ways. Its just that the book has a magic to it, and when it was read to me or as I read it it took me out of this world, so I guess maybe seeing my world is what’s slightly off putting about it. That doesn’t mean going that way will be bad, just not what I would have expected. I think the thing for people to remember is we have no real clue about what this footage is, what its purpose/use is, its context or whatever. So it’s hard to make an informed statement about it. Like the monster for example. I kind of like it but kind of don’t. As retarded as it may sound (I mean we're talking about giant monsters so points like realism are hard to argue) but I wanted something a little more real looking. I mean it does sort of just look like a mascot. But again, all we have is like a minute and a half of something here. So I'm not going to go flipping out and ripping shit on Spike just yet. Some projects are pure shit, and you can just tell, but this isn’t one of them. So let’s take a pill and just wait and see.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by slayers bitch

    I think the movie has a great pedigree: Maurice Sendak is a producer (BTW-Sendak was an early member of the National Board of Advisors for the Children's Television Workshop during the development stages of the television series Sesame Street), impressive cast & crew. I have high hopes for this. As far as diverging from the book.......... The Wizard of Oz (1939 film) was very different than the novel.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I say its test footage...

    by rubbiboy this movie stills here show a different kid and he also wears a different style costume.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Fucking furries...

    by godoffireinhell

    I'll never get the appeal of a bunch of guys in dog-suits gnawing on each other's "bones".

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Love it

    by Gozu

    I was worried that it was just going to be another kid's film, but that has Spike Jonze all over it in a good way. Of course the studio will probably fuck it up.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by jdl82

    I never read the story. I'm not familiar with it. But this thing looks creepy and reaks of... something. I don't know what, exactly. It's definetely different.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    i just watched it again

    by redfishbluefish

    and it gave me chills, in a good way. i really like the vibe and the vibes. it's like watching nanalan'. very hopeful.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Can any of you fucking mongs read?

    by Tourist

    Its been repeatedly stated that this is a fucking test. Test footage. If you faggots saw the Star Wars auditions, would you complain about how sparse the sets were and ask why Han Solo was wearing flares? You fucking morons beg belief sometimes.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    H.R Puffanstuff...

    by Tourist

    ...Jonze actually wanted to do a feature of that at one stage. So maybe there IS some crossover.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Monster suit

    by slayers bitch

    Of course the characters look like someone in a monster costume. That is from the book- When Max comes to the island, the monster's think Max (in a wolf costume) is one of them. Also, some of the monster characters in Maurice Sendak's book have human looking faces or feet (most notably Bernard's feet). And finally since the whole episode is in Max's imagination and he thinks his wolf costume looks like a "Wild Thing" of course the Wild Things he encounters look like people in costumes. That is from the source material.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Man in suit!!!!!

    by godhatesyou

    Man in suit !!

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    "They raped my childhood!" STFU!

    by s8ntmark

    If this movie is the worst problem you'll ever have I WISH I had your problems. It isn't being made for YOU to relive your childhood, its being made for kids!....Why don't you go back to Mommy and Daddy's basement and cry under your covers and let the people who actually WANT to see something interesting and different see this movie. Grrr I'm so tired of that fucking term!

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Name one child who enjoyed

    by Detective_Fingerling

    Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine, Being John Malcovich, the Darjeeling Limited, etc... you get the point. Show me one child who can sit down and watch the science of sleep. These movies fit a nitch or genre and do so very well, but it does not translate to commercial success or mass appeal. I was very excited to see what Jonze could do with this property, but if they don't do something to pretty up the backgrounds and make the tone a little less dull... like to say a water boil level, then they are in for a tragic failure at the box office. Lets face it, after the first weekend box office, word of mouth is going to spread to all potential families that might have gone to see this, and all that will be left to fill all those empty seats will be the little group of people who thought Eternal Sunshine should have gotten best film at the Oscars.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Gummo' 2: Electric Booga Boo!

    by PunchWasFramed

    It looks much like Gummo with the raw hand held golden hour look. Bunny Boy is now a fox, and he's beating a Wild Thing with a stick instead of a dead cat. Still, I'm excited. Very few films capture the melancholy of childhood imagination these days, and I like both Jonze and Korine.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    slayers bitch...Monster suit...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...very good point (about it all going on in Max's imagic-nation)...I once heard Sendak interviewed and he was talking about the fact that kids are afraid of what they know, so he based the wild things on the scary, hairy eared, nose hair sporting, bad breath, thick glasses, fat aunts and uncles who would crowd into his house for the holidays...

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I'm underwhelmed to say the least

    by ArcadianDS

    after all the viral marketing, THIS is the cloverfield monster? What a rip off!!

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Name one child who enjoyed...

    by Tourist

    ...Schindlers List? I don't know of any off the top of my head. I could probally guess at a few who liked E.T. though. I'm guessing they would do something about the backgrounds, seeings as this is a fucking TEST in CALIFORNIA and the MOOBIE was shot in AUSTRALIA. Jesus your a dumb asshole.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    And if your under the assumption that...

    by Tourist

    ...Lyrical, whimsical and melancholy dont work, I suggest you regard Watership Down, or even the fucking Snowman cartoon. Beloved kids films that are strange, morbid, frightening and sad.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by WickedMonster

    Where is Denise Richards and that chick from Scream?? Aren't they WILD THINGS?

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I love it.

    by nancyreagan

    All due love and respect for the fantastical universes that have been presented on screen in the past, but it's nice to see a kids movie that doesn't seem to think kids are a bunch of ADD addled pixie stix-addicts. Burton and his followers have done some very cool shit, and all-consuming production design and hyper-active set-pieces have their place, but I think kids could dig something a little quiter and simpler (though no less strange). Kind of reminds me of some of the weird-ass "children's entertainment" we got back in the '70's (e.g., The Little Prince) where the real world was presented as a magical place in and of itself. I wonder if those complaing about that real-world aesthetic and the "mascot costume" creatures believe Sesame Street should get with the times and switch to CGI instead of those cheap looking felt puppets.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    So I guess Tourist will be the dumb asshole

    by Detective_Fingerling

    when the movie flops at the box office. Get off your high and mighty indie visionary soap box and look at the reality of the situation. No child in today's world is going to want to watch this movie for more than a few minutes. Once the tone and slow speed of the movie sets in, there is going to be nothing but complaining and fidgeting in the seats. Parents aren't going to want to deal with the whining and want their money back. I want to see this, but you're the dumb asshole if you think kids will too.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    So I might be a flip-flopper...

    by lovecraftian

    I just came back from my job a few hours later. And I have to say this is the fifth time I've watched this thing, and I guess I'm getting the potential. I suppose the "lack" of the "whatever it is" the Bandit brought up made me feel a little lost. But I'm seeing a deeper insinuated closeness in that relationship that makes a bit of sense. However, in a way, if this test clip is in anyway indicative of the tone of the finished product, perhaps the story WILL be more for adults in that it may speak to the way we as bigguns' feel when we truly get our feelings hurt by the overwhelming honesty of little guys.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Of course...

    by lovecraftian

    I guess the subtext would ultimately mean..."Awwwe... I wish was a character from ZATHURA."

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by jdl82

    Actually, I have no plans to see either of those two films. I was exposed to Seuss as a child, but I really just didn't care. I guess they were too dull for me. Honestly, I'd rather watch a live-action Pokemon, to be honest.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by nancyreagan

    Some good, pragmatic points you make there, too bad you undermine them with your juvenile flame-baiting tone. Your rhetorical style aside, I'd still like to address the actual argument you make: a kids movie should actually appeal to kids. First, I think you think too little of children. Like the Hollywood moguls whose wallets you seem so concerned about keeping stuffed with cash, you underestimate childrens attention span and seem to believe that any entertainment that doesn't immediately grab their attentions and throttle them into submission isn't worth putting on the table. You're not a parent, are you. Number one, children don't stay in theatre seats no matter what's on the big screen. Doesn't matter how loud, bright, or relentlessly rapid-of-pace the movie is, that kid's going ot fidget, squirm, bounce, and otherwise demand the parent's near-constant restraint to make it through a feature in a movie theatre. Number two, kids hate vegetables. If you gave them only what they asked for, you'd be feeding them nothing but ice-cream and pixie sticks. Number three, kids fed only ice-cream and pixie sticks rarely make it to adulthood and those that do tend to wind-up sickly, narrow-minded and prone to calling complete strangers with differing opinions "dumb assholes". It ain't pretty. Still, you're right that the studios bottom-line and the film's money-making potential really should be our primary consideration and that said studio would be much wiser to play it safe and make a movie that's more in line with the market-tested, box-office affirmed formula that's worked in the past.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    who ever said this movie was for kids?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    to those that question the look of this clip for not being kid-friendly, it might not be a "kids movie" at all - which would make it that much cooler - to me anyway

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    TomBodet: I knew when "robots" came up you'd be here...

    by SkinJob69

    talking about giant robots again. It was only a matter of time.<p> It only a day after his birthday, but wtf: Fuck you Michael Bay.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    It amazes me...

    by Brians Life

    ...the amount of venom that can fly forward from you tools. There is a 3 minute clip that is NOT EVEN IN THE MOVIE and yet some of you are certain of the negative impact this movie will have. <br><br>For shame. Despite the fact that this movie is based on a childhood classic and coming from one of the most creative directors of our time.<br><br>Some of you are alright. Some of you are even brilliant....but on the whole, you guys are EXACTLY what Ben Affleck said in JAY & SILENT BOB. Like it or not, he had your number.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Wild Things...

    by rutgersjaffo

    The same friend I have working on Watchmen had done an intitial bid for Sony Imageworks to do this with CGI. They balked at the price and so this is what you'll be getting...

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    It's not in the movie we should really stop judging

    by IndustryKiller!

    I think Jonez has earned the benefit of the doubt. ALthough I do hope the film has a bit more atmosphere than that clip. It's a year away they have quite a long time to work some magic.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Completely unrelated, there is a NEW

    by JackIsLost

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Completely unrelated, there is a NEW "The Happening" ...

    by JackIsLost

    trailer available on and it is completely awful. I mean, really... has Shyamalan gone so far off the deep end that they can't even come up with 2 minutes worth of decent footage to sell his new movie?

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Tell you what, nerdos...

    by GrantChastain can keep your Cloverfields and your 10,000 B.C.'s and your other sound-and-furys. I'll take this. And if you don't like it, stop wasting all my oxygen and shut the hell up about it.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by vaterite

    you sure the voice isn't Corey Feldman..

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    What's the budget on this? 2 bucks?

    by skywalkerfamily

    and a can of Coke?

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    I think you are being too kind, leobloom...

    by JackIsLost

    It's beyond embarrassing. It's inept, retarded, disastrous... The only good news is that this movie just BARELY got greenlit... if it is as bad as it looks, hopefully Shyamalan will never be given a budget to make another movie... it may be time to pull the plug on this vegetative state of a career...

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Maybe all the bees that disappeared...

    by JackIsLost

    are the ones that stung Nicolas Cage almost to death in "The Wicker Man". As far as unintentional comedies go, I think this would be a great double feature...

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    I read on Buzznet three days ago...

    by rogmel

    that this was a fan-made film and he took it off Buzznet because it was creating confusion.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I hope it's JUST proof of concept...

    by PippinTheJedi

    ....and that they can stretch out the story to fill two hours of movie unlike those bastard Dr. Seuss movies Universal crapped out.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one that noticed...

    by Pendejo Joe

    Beck's "Jack-Ass" fading out at the beginning of the clip as if it's a scene transition?

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    love it love it love it

    by hegele

    loving it.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Ooh. Ouch...

    by Tourist

    ...An unintetionally funny bad movie that strives to be a modern horror flick. Like Wicker Man, its also got a great, endlessly quoatable line about Bees. Thats a strange happening. To be fair though, although, yes it looks kind of odd, it just appears to be a bad performance by Marky Mark.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by robot_parade

    i dunno. i enjoyed this. it did feel a little unfinished, but i like the almost apocalyptic feel it had going. sort of like a "calvin and hobbes" imagination world, as opposed to a "little mermaid" world. like this world he imagines is more real than the real world he lives in. which is kind of what the book is about anyway, and probably why i like this clip so much. anyway, that's my two cents!

  • ... from the final film and You can see that the boy's costume is different and the look of the beasts is slightly different, too.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    "the clip is very different from the final film"

    by Milou

    you should have read.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... I can verify now: this was indeed the proof of concept that was filmed in 2005 that got the studio to commit to the film. <P>I'll say this... Spike fulfilled the promise that this clip makes with the actual film. If you like what you saw here, you'd probably like his movie, and if you don't, then you definitely won't.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 1:47 a.m. CST

    What if I liked...

    by Tourist

    ...The look and feel and stuff, but thought the kid sucked and the dialouge and stuff was kind of awkward? Is it really sort of dazed and mumbly like that?

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Different kid and Costume than that 1st official pic

    by George Newman

    i thought that the kid in this video looked much younger than the kid in the link below. Costume looks different too <p>

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST


    by George Newman

    that's me

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    any British? European TB-er out there

    by Lost Jarv

    If you hate (as you should) AvP:R then this is important: <P>That useless fucking shitrag Empire has viciously slandered us. Some cunt called Chris Hewitt has written: <P>"Directors The Brothers Strause – Colin and Greg – apparently got the gig, their first, because they’re such huge Alien and Predator fanboys. AVP:R would indicate that they’re fanboys of the Ain't It Cool talkback variety, guileless goons crowbarring in lame references (the hero is called Dallas; someone actually says ‘Get to the chopper!’) while emphasising splatter and swearing over the suspenseful slow burn."For the full review go to but I'd rather you didn't give the cunts the hits.<P> If anyone remembers the recent AvP:R wars and the slaughtering we gave the foilage that turned out for it then please air your displeasure at the useless no-quality-control cockmonkeys via email. <P>In fact, fuck it, anybody who thinks this is wrong- do it, let them know. But be certain to check the AICN history of AvP:R from Mori's initial slaughter of the script to vern's review and our eventual savaging of the plant life. <P>Lying, dirty cocksuckers.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by Tourist

    ...The more I watch it, one thing becomes clear. Those effects are fucking great. Perfect use of CG. It looks real, because it is, and the CG doesn't set it off. I can't believe people would complain about that aspect.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Moriarty, did YOU like the film?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Yes or no, I know you can't review it.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    What the HELL is that?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    That's terrible.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    The voice sounded like Benencio Del Toro

    by ELGordo

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I gotta believe this has been leaked on purpose

    by StovetopStuffin'

    I'm betting this was a test scene for proof of concept. Not something from the final film. and no, it doesn't look like the "CGI" has been added. god I hate that. It's CG, not CGI. "Computer Generated". CGI is what they called a single image, back in 1985. How about if I call this page AICNDC or something like that?

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    LOL @ regular-sized lion

    by dopepope

    Maybe that's the exact plot of the inevitable Scary Movie 5 which is definitely going to be shaky cam.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    That Computer-Generated Imagery monster looks great!!

    by George Newman

    Gotta drop the "I" if you're talking about a thing. Like CG Dragon or CG landscape.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    how about "Those VFX was shit!"

    by StovetopStuffin'

    that's what you should say. You shouldn't say CG or CGI in the example you just used. 3rd Grade just called and wants to dickslap you! Nyah!

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    My God that was beautiful

    by BrightEyes

    I agree with who ever said it looked like a Terrence Malick version, which is great, and for all of you who don't get the sad air sorrounding the film , I don't see how you could have read the book which was very beautiful and sad/meloncholy throughout.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    M. Night trailer!

    by slayers bitch

    The Trailer for The Happening is amazing.............. because it managed to suck balls & ass-at the same time :)

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    That clip was great

    by Wed Vid Guy

    I don't really get it but I love the feel of it. Count me as excited.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    C G

    by dopepope

    computer GRAPHICS. works every time.

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    The Director Responds

    by antler

    Spike Jonze (the director) responds:

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Jonze: "The clip doesn’t look...

    by JackIsLost

    or feel anything like the movie". Mori, are you sure you saw this movie?

  • Feb. 19, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST

    There is no movie...

    by Tourist

    Its some elaborate Jackass prank to promote his new skate video or something...I mean seriously, this is only, what, half a decade in the making?

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I think this movie needs 2 things..

    by disfigurehead

    Marc Singer and shaky cam.