We've all seen the trailer for Spike Jonze's film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are, and it's hard to imagine anyone doing anything better.
But someone once tried: None other than Toy Story creator and now Disney animation executive John Lasseter, back in 1983. Also lost in the mists of time is an early animation test Lasseter did for Disney for the adaptation, until now: Monsters and Rockets.com found it on YouTube, and you can view it below.
Here's how the site describes the clip:
... Lasseter and [animator] Glen Keane were interested in combining traditional, hand-drawn animation with CGI backgrounds, so they shot the following test film featuring Max, the lead character of Wild Things. The studio rejected the idea because they said it was too expensive, and Lasseter was fired soon after.
But Lasseter ended up doing pretty well for himself. Getting the ax from Disney freed him up to get started in the new field of computer graphics. He would go on to be the head honcho of a little company called Pixar, directing Toy Story and other blockbuster hits... Before he eventually returned to Disney in 2006, as chief creative officer. ...
Anyone know what TV show this clip comes from?
In case you've forgotten, here's the trailer for Jonze's movie for comparison.
The movie stars Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara and Forest Whitaker and is slated to open on Oct. 16.