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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pepita Emmerichs ...
Max Pfeifer ...
Claire's Friend
Madeleine Greaves ...
Claire's Friend
Joshua Jay ...
Claire's Friend
Claire's Friend
Carol (voice)
Vincent Crowley ...
Alexander (voice)
Sonny Gerasimowicz ...
Judith (voice)
Nick Farnell ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,695,407 (USA) (16 October 2009)


$77,222,184 (USA) (5 February 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's release generated conflicting views over whether it is harmful to expose children to frightening scenes. Spike Jonze indicated that his goal was "to make a movie about childhood" rather than to create a children's movie. Dan Fellman, Warner Brothers' head of movie distribution, noted that the film's promotion was not directed towards children, advising parents to exercise their own discretion. In an interview with Newsweek, Maurice Sendak stated that parents who deemed the film's content to be too disturbing for children should "go to hell. That's a question I will not tolerate" and he further noted "I saw the most horrendous movies that were unfit for child's eyes. So what? I managed to survive." See more »


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 »


[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 »


Featured in DR2 Premiere: Episode #4.1 (2010) See more »


Sailing Home
Written by Karen O
Performed by Karen O and the Kids
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User Reviews

----> Extremely Boring, Confusing & Depressing <----
26 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

The kids book was great.

The movie is terrible for kids and adults, and just weird.

Nothing but a bunch of monsters bickering, fighting, and arguing about their problems in a very serious and aggressive tone. You're better off watching some lame reality show like the "Real World" than you are watching this. Definitely not for kids at all.

It really is a depressing show overall. One of the only films I probably ever regret having watched. Not only a waste of time, but seems to really put the idea into my kids heads that fighting is normal, and how to deal with problems.

Even without all that, as the other reviewers put it, you're not really even sure what the show is trying to say--It's all over the place.

Do yourself a favor and read your kids the book instead!

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