Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Siggi's thoughts on "Where The Wild Things Are"

Note: The following was written by Siggi and posted by me, due to technical issues.

The tailer for Where the Wild Things Are reminds me of childhood, how you could turn everything around you into fascinating games and stories, and turn ordinary things into villains and heroes with your imagination.

Quickly these imaginative stories would disappear and real life would take over, and soon I was too old to create them anymore without feeling silly. Thankfully the same cannot be said about people like Guillermo del Toro, Maurice Sendak, Tarsem Singh and many more people that have held on to a part of their childhood by delivering childhood dreams through art. It's fascinating how many films that deal with this world of childhood dreams have been released recently and have wowed me.

Films like The Fall, Pan's Labyrinth and the upcoming Where The Wild Things Are all tell stories about children creating imaginative worlds to escape reality.

It's truly great that Art is and will always be a sanctuary for childish dreams and stories. There are always people out there that haven't forgotten about their childhood dreams and are willing to revisit their stories and tell the world about them.

We all have a part of our childhood inside us, and it's always great when people allow the world to witness theirs through films and other forms of art.


agust symeon said...

I was actually discussing something related to this with my students today. We were discussing the great classic "The Little Prince" and I was trying to make an argument that what the little prince represented was not just the power of a child's imagination but a different way of "seeing" the world ("seeing" in the Platonic sense, of knowing the essential elements of reality). Imagination, in this regard, is therefore not opposed to reality (the way things actually are) but somehow accesses realms of reality that our senses or discursive rationality cannot. This is, in more literal terms, a kind of mystical seeing and knowing, something that children may have a more direct access to because they do not limit themselves to discursive thinking in the same way that adults do. Additionally, I would say that people like Guillermo del Toro are not simply imaginative artists (imaginitive in the sense of imaginary = apart from reality) but people that allow us to glimpse something very real and true.

RL LePage said...

Movies like these, when done well, tend to be the most least to me. Big and The Princess Bride come to mind.

It's interesting to think of these films as glimpses into the childhoods of the directors (and/or screenwriters). I imagine del Toro being an....interesting....child.