This one’s for Paul.
Forty-five years later, Where The Wild Things Are, the 1964 Calcott winning children’s book by Maurice Sendak is still making headlines, which is incredible. It was one of my favorite stories as a child and it’s one of those tales that withstands the tests of time. It’s a classic, relevant story for all ages…now it just happens to be a visually stunning motion picture, created by Spike Jonze.
For those not familiar with the story (if there are any such people out there), Where the Wild Things Are is your timeless children’s adventure story. Little Max is sent to his room after rebelling against his mother, and his imagination transports him to land of the Wild Things where Max rules a kingdom of mischief. Max soon finds that being the almighty ruler is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
Jonze’s former girlfriend and front-woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O. and the collective “Kids” have really captured the essence of this film on the original soundtrack. Of that raw, animalistic quality, but for children’s consumption…well, consumption for all ages, actually. On its own, honestly, this album is fucking weird. I could not imagine just hanging out, listening to this album. Let’s face it, it’s a weird book and Karen O. is one weird fucking chick.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of those bands that I hear their name everywhere, yet I’ve never listened to them. Karen O. is one of those people who I would have to classify in the “Too Weird For Me” category. She now shares a home with Bjork, Yoko Ono, and Karen Dreijer-Andersson (and we all know how I feel about them). That might be a good thing for some people though, just not for me.
I will say that this album perfectly suits the film though. It opens with Karen O.’s innocent humming in “Igloo”, devolves into fur covered angst in “Animal” and comes to a head with the final track “Sailing Home”. It has the perfect swell and ebb needed to highlight this impressive adaptation of Jonze’s.
The album is available as of yesterday and the film will premier nationwide on October 16, 2009. I can’t wait! B