Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel; October 22, 1969) is an American director, producer and actor, whose work includes music videos,commercials, film and television. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Charlie Kaufman, which include the 1999 film Being John Malkovich (that gave him an Academy Award for Best Director nomination) and the 2002 film Adaptation, and as the co-writer/director of the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. He is well known also for his music video collaborations with Weezer, Beastie Boys, and Björk. He was also a co-creator and executive producer of MTV’s Jackass. He is currently the creative director of VBS.tv. He is also part owner of skateboard company Girl Skateboards with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll.

He also co-founded Directors Label with filmmakers Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry.

“Where the Wild Things are” is a 2009 movie directed by Spike Jonze. The movie is based on the  1963 children’s book by American author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. It tells the story of Max, a lonely 9 year old boy who runs away from the troubles at home – divorced parents, bullying at school and a general lack of interest in his activities. The movie combines CGI animation together with live action suits for the “wild things”. I have not seen the movie, but I have delved deeper into the making and story line. While it is aimed at a family audience, the movie has a dark feel, and initially, the production team ran into many problems relating to the suitability of the movie for a wide-based audience. I think having a deeper storyline can only be a good thing – I think it’s far better for children to have to actually engage in the movie, and have a greater understanding in general. “Shallow” family movies are fine – but occasionally, having a darker storyline makes the audience think and understand, since scripts are inevitably based on, world issues more.

 

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