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Eggers on WTWTA

10.20.2009

If you've seen WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, you know the film is nothing if not a launching point for a lot of conversation and dissection (and if you haven't see WTWTA, what are you waiting for?). It's the kind of movie that will be examined in psychology and film theory lectures for years to come and I've certainly had some of my own theories and heard lots of other theories as well. But the man who co-wrote the script, Dave Eggers, says not to expect any cut and dry answers.

While he claims to have seen THE WIZARD OF OZ over 50 times while writing the movie, you shouldn't expect any similar parallels between the home world and the fantasy world. Says Eggers:

We sort of sought actively not to have any direct parallels. That way, it lends itself to the way a brain might work at eight years old, where it's more dreamlike and there's a good deal of confusion of who's who and who in your life represents what. There's one primary sympathetic female Wild Thing, but you can't really say it's Max's sister. Is it Max's mom? It's not really just one; it's sort of in between. Is Carol Max's dad? Sort of, in a way, but it's Max, too.

Eggers adds later that one of his main goals was to keep the film from being "a puzzle that needed to be solved or would click tidily into place." If you loved the movie, you should absolutely read this article and it will give you an extra layer of insight while at the same time giving you even more to think about.

Extra Tidbit: The Bull originally had the name "Daniel" before they decided to just call him "The Bull."
Source: Roling Stone

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