Where the Wild Things Are is an award winning and well-loved children’s picture book written in 1963 by American author Maurice Sendak. Just 338 words and 18 pictures long, it is about the wild adventure of a boy named Max who is sent to his room without his supper by his mother as punishment for misbehaving. There, he has adventures where he meets strange creatures, the “wild things”, while in his wolf costume. It is an endearing favourite, and has won the Caldecott Medal in 1964, among many other awards. However, it is the general population’s love for it which has made it a masterpiece.
Out of this short book comes a highly anticipated full-length movie due in theatres, including IMAX giant screen theatres, on Oct 16 2009.
Beyond the appeal for children, this story has a lot of appeal for adults as well. There have been an incredible number of articles, popular and academic, analyzing everything from its mythology to psychology. Two examples include a favourite of mine, Monsters Ink (Boston Globe, Oct 4 2009), and one I chuckle at for being over the top called Where the Wild Things Are: Sendak’s picture book and the monsters personified, sanctified and glorified (PDF) by P. Fitzsimmons. Mind you, if you think that’s over the top, you should see what the Anti-Twilight crowd does to thrash Twilight books!
Anyway, despite all the anticipation around this movie, I wonder if it’ll get the same kind of fan base as Transformers, GI Joe, Twilight and such who will do things like carry its image around on their iPhones, iTouch, iPod Touch, Blackberries and Palms. I have my doubts, but the only way to find out is to put it out there to see. There’s a cute little child and some furry monsters, nothing charismatic like the human actors in those other movies, or fancy robots. But we’ll see. Regardless, I’m going to have to get out and see what the hype to this movie is all about. The trailers above looked great and fun. It’s taken them a long time to get the film produced the way Maurice wanted (story), but it looks like they’ve got it right. I really like the song, too! It’s called Wake Up, by the Arcade Fire.
These backgrounds were made from images I found on the Internet, touched up, removed crap on, cropped and resized for the iPhone, iTouch, iPod Touch, Palm Pre and Blackberry Bold 9000. I grabbed some from trailer screen captures as well so there are some “new” graphics here. To get the backgrounds, please:
- Click on an image to see it full size.
- Right click and choose Download or download in whatever ways your browser does.
- Click Back to go back to this page or click a thumbnail below the large picture to move on to the next one.
You’re on your own to put it on your iPhone, iTouch, iPod Touch, Palm Pre or Blackberry, I’m afraid, cause I can’t justify the need for me to spend money on one so I haven’t got a clue how to do it!
While you’re decorating your iPhone or other cell phones, redo your voice mail with a singing message if you don’t have to worry about getting professionals calling you.