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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Max
Pepita Emmerichs ... Claire
Max Pfeifer ... Claire's Friend
Madeleine Greaves ... Claire's Friend
Joshua Jay ... Claire's Friend
... Claire's Friend
... Mom
... Teacher
... The Boyfriend
... Carol (voice)
... Carol Suit Performer
... Alexander (voice)
... Alexander Suit Performer
... Judith (voice)
... Judith Suit Performer
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Storyline

A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don't go along with what he wants. Max - following an incident with Claire (his sister) and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him - runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. Written by Huggo

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Let the wild rumpus start! See more »


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language | See all certifications »

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16 October 2009 (USA)  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,695,407, 18 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,233,467

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,086,793
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2.35 : 1
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All the original songs in the movie were written and performed by Karen O, the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She dated Director Spike Jonze at the time of production. They have since broken up. See more »

Goofs

When we first see the wild things, they are seen in silhouette, and are shown to be speaking, yet their mouths don't move when their talking. This could be a way to save money of CGI, as the mouths were moved using computers, and they could assume that people wouldn't notice through the dark lighting. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max: Hey, Claire. Wanna see something great?
Claire: [on the phone] Who else was there?
Max: It's an igloo! I made it.
Claire: Yeah, my brother.
Max: Hey, Claire!
Claire: I can't. We're supposed to go to my dad's that weekend.
Max: The snowplows left some snow across the street, and I dug a hole into it.
Claire: Go and play with your friends.
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Crazy Credits

The logos for Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures are covered with Max's scribblings. See more »

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Featured in The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010) See more »

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Written by Karen O, Imaad Wasif, Dean Fertita, Bradford Cox, Jack Lawrence, and Tom Biller
Produced by Karen O and Tom Biller (as tbiller)
Performed by Karen O and the Kids
Courtesy of DGC/Interscope Records
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The book is much better
16 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Just entirely too much stuff. The plot should have been the book, instead it's all this divorce crap, and childhood angst mess. Worse, all the monsters are stripped of their enigma and portrayed as boring ordinary creatures. I mean the drawings in the book are indelible and mysterious, the monsters are almost iconographic, then Spike Jonze gives the monsters girlfriends and hobbies. The book, Where The Wild Things Are, is a masterpiece, the drawings and the words are simple but every bit the stuff of genius. Its that simplicity that allows for the fantastic elements of Max's journey to easily flow. The movie complicates this simplicity with unnecessary dialog and additional plot, making for an inferior story.


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