Where The Wild Things Are

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Spike Jonze
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 53 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


Hey, Claire!

Wanna see something great?

Who else was there?

It's an igloo.

- And?

- I made it.

Yeah, my brother.

Hey, Claire?

I can't. We're supposed to go

to my dad's that weekend.

The snowplows left some

snow across the street...

- and I dug a hole into it.

- Max, go play with your friends.

You, go that way!

You, go that way!

No, don't talk to me like that!

You're just a fence!

You can go play

with your own fence friends.

Now move out!

Hey, Claire, what's up? Are you ready?

- Hey, guys!

...and chose him, okay?

- Yeah!

Claire, is that your brother?

Get him!

He's so dead!

Max, go away!

I got him!

Come on! Come on!

Get him!

You okay?

Come on, guys, let's go!

Hey, I'm home.

What's wrong?

Claire and her stupid friends

smashed my igloo.

She didn't do anything about it.

I'm sorry, honey.

I would have done something about it.

Max, what have you done?

I took my lucky break

and I broke it in two,

Put on my worried shoes,

No, I don't want to bother you.

Just... just quickly...

Can you tell me excatly what Mr. Lasseter

didn't like about the report?

Wha... What am I supposed to do?

No, I'm just tired.

And I'd a rough day here and...

I... I cannot afford to lose this.

I know. I know it.

But I better get started because

I'd like to turn it in the morning.

No, I hear you. I hear you.

And this will be the last time,

I promise, okay?


My shoes took me down a crooked path


- Hi.

I could use a story.


There were some buildings.

There are these really tall buildings.

And they could walk.

Then there were some vampires.

And one of the vampires bit

the tallest building.

And his fangs broke off.

Then all his other teeth fell out.

Then he started crying.

And then all the other vampires...


"Why are you crying?

"Aren't those just your baby teeth?"


He said,

"No, those are my grown up teeth. "


...the vampires knew that

he couldn't be a vampire anymore.

So they left him.

The end.

And the sun is the center of

our solar system.

It's the reason that

all the planets are here.

It, uh, it's warmth gives the sunlight,

makes our planet livable.

And of course the sun won't

always be here to keep us warm.

It, uh, like all things will die.

And when it does,

first it expands.

Enveloping all the surrounding planets,

including earth...

...before consuming rapidly.

The sun, after all, is just fuel,

burning ferociously.

When it runs of fuel, well,

it'll be gone.

Well, after that the...

...solar system will do dark,


I'm sure by that time, the...

...human race will have fallen to

any numbers of calamities.

War, pollution, global warming,


...earthquakes, meteors...

Hey, who knows, right?


Mom, come up here!

Max, I'm busy.

I rebuit the fort.

You gotta get inside it.

The lava's coming.

oh, and it's a rocket ship,

and it's gonna take off.

Want me to save you a seat?

You're really... nice.

- Cute.

- No.

- Not really.

Hi, sweety.


It's almost dinner,

get your stuff off the table, please.

Mom, what is that?


Frozen corn?

What's wrong with real corn?

Frozen corn is real, alright?

And get off the chair, please.

And go tell your sister

to clear her stuff of the table.

Claire, get your stuff off

the dining room table.

Max, don't pull that now.

Max, get off the counter, please.

Get off.

I have a friend here...

you're embarrassing me?

Woman, feed me!

Max, get off.

Get off the counter!

Get off the damn counter, Max!

Now! Now!

- I'll eat you up!

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Spike Jonze

Adam Spiegel (born October 22, 1969), known professionally as Spike Jonze (pronounced "Jones"), is an American filmmaker, photographer, and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television. Jonze began his career as a teenager photographing BMX riders and skateboarders for Freestylin' Magazine and Transworld Skateboarding, and co-founded the youth culture magazine Dirt. Moving into filmmaking, he began shooting street skateboarding films, including the influential Video Days (1991). Jonze co-founded the skateboard company Girl Skateboards in 1993 with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll. Jonze's filmmaking style made him an in-demand director of music videos for much of the 1990s, resulting in collaborations with Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Weezer, Bj� rk, Kanye West and Arcade Fire. Jonze began his feature film directing career with Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation. (2002), both written by Charlie Kaufman; the former earned Jonze an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He was a co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Jackass reality franchise. Jonze later began directing films based on his own screenplays, including Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013); for the latter film, he won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, while receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song ("The Moon Song"). He has worked as an actor sporadically throughout his career, co-starring in David O. Russell's war comedy Three Kings (1999) and appeared in supporting roles in Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011) and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), in addition to a recurring role in comedy series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2010–2012) and cameo appearances in his own films. Jonze co-founded Directors Label, with filmmakers Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, and the Palm Pictures company. He is currently the creative director of Vice Media, Inc. and its multinational television channel Viceland. more…

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