Wild Things – Review

On December 17, 2009

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Wild Things – Review

Our rating:

By: Wild Things

Version #: 1.0 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)

Date Released: 2009-09-25

Developer: Warner Bros. Entertainment

Price: 0.00

User Rating:

Remembering Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers’s film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s acclaimed storybook, Where The Wild Things Are, which hit theaters two months ago, I thought I’d start a wild rumpus again and relive some elements of the movie right here in my room. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wear a wolf suit and build my own little sailboat to go to where the wild things are, because, as it turned out, there’s an app for that.

In line with the intensive marketing done to promote the movie, Warner Bros. released the official, free iPhone application for Where The Wild Things Are. Tipping the scales at over 80 MB, the application took quite a long time to download even with a decent Wi-Fi connection, but once I’d installed and finally got to play around with it, I found that it’s worth the long wait. The brilliantly designed app is loaded with promotional photos, theatrical trailers, and song samplers clipped from the movie soundtrack, sung by Karen O and a bunch of sprightly kids. On top of those is arguably the star of this app, a stray wild thing called Carol.

Carol is included in the app as an interactive character, and he’s a wild thing, all right. When he’s not asleep and snoring loudly during the night, his idea of a good time is throwing rocks in your direction, punching your screen, and eating up your contacts or photos, which you can select from your photo library and hurl at him. But don’t you worry, because if you’re feeling a little mischievous yourself, you can throw rocks back at Carol or just poke him silly. All these with a simple tap or a flick of a finger on your iPhone’s screen.

A lot of iPhone apps have been released to help promote movies in a more creative and interactive way. I’ve tried a lot of these apps and so far only one of them has really tickled my fancy. Which one, you ask? Take a wild guess.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:It's free.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Fans of the storybook and the movie.

What I Like:Very interactive and has lots of multimedia content.

What I Don't Like:Very hefty size.

Final Statement:One of the more neatly (and wildly) done promotional movie app ever released.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Academy Award® nominated director Spike Jonze collaborates with celebrated author Maurice Sendak to bring you one of the most beloved books of all time, Where the Wild Things Are, to the big screen. Now Warner Bros. invites you to escape to where the Wild Things are on the iPhone™ and iPod touch®. Meet andplay with Carol and explore the forest to discover additional content from the film. Unleash your inner Wild Thing and let the wild rumpus start!Where the Wild Things Are opens October 16, 2009.Features:Interact with Carol– Have a dirt clod battle, watch him dance to your music and see him eat up your photos and contacts. But keep him happy or he’ll run wild.Photos– View photos of the movie and your favorite characters and save them as your personal wallpaper.Video– Watch the trailers and additional clips from the movie.Music– Listen to the motion picture soundtrack featuring original songs by Karen O and the Kids while exploring the app.Posters– Official movie posters are also available within the app.---Due to the large size of the Wild Things app, it is recommended that you power down and restart your iPhone or iPod touch before playing.---

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