I have been a silent blogging partner for the past week or so due to craziness at work, but I’m back in action now, with lots of stored up Things To Say, which will trickle out as soon as I can type them up.
For starters, two beloved classic picture books are apparently being made into movies. Of course, there are the obvious issues with making books into movies, and how the movies are not as good 98% of the time.* But I think there’s specific difficulty in making a picture book into a feature length movie, b/c inevitably you have to add in all kinds of extra stuff that’s left unsaid, only implied, or just absolutely not there in the book, and in doing so I think you really change the whole nature of the thing. I guess its actually similar to the overall problem of adapting any book to a movie, but the length issue with picture books adds a layer to me.
But, there’s money to be made, so we got HORTON HEARS A WHO (which I didn’t see, although I suppose in the interest of the blog I should add it to my netflix list), and now there’s a movie version of Maurice Sendak’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is in the works. 100 Scope Notes (and various others, but I saw it there first) has the trailer.
I will say that the trailer looks promising visually. But I’m still anxious about what they might do to this book that’s so dear to my heart. Frankly, I don’t want there to be a WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE movie – even if its a good movie. In all these years, I’ve never felt like “man, they should make a movie of that.” For me, this one just is a book, down to its very core, quintessential self. And if they’re making it into a full-length movie, they’re bound to add in all kinds
There’s also a trailer out for a movie version of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, by Judi Barrett. I think it looks a lot like every other children’s animated movie that’s come out lately. Which is not to say it won’t be an enjoyable movie. But if I ruled the world, I don’t think it would get made.
*My only personal exceptions to the rule are: The Princess Bride; Lord of the Rings; Wind in the Willows. What are yours?