'Where the Wild Things Are' Disney video from 1983 foreshadows Pixar coolness

Now that Where the Wild Things Arefever is really heating up thanks to the upcoming Spike Jonze film, this proof-of-concept demo from 1983seems particularly cool. Too bad John Lasseter's career never took off.

Just kidding – he's one of the genius forces behind the delight factory known as Pixar. I'm pumped for the Jonze film, but there's part of me that would love to see a Pixar adaptation, too, a spooky version of Monsters Inc. if you will, which already draws, in someways, on the Maurice Sendak classic. (Exhibit A, exhibit B, the defense rests, gavel gavel.)

Thoughts, PopWatch nation? Are you as surprised by the quality of 1983 computer animation as I am?


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  • Casey

    This is the kind of cool pop-related post that EW used to be known for. I’m so sick of the tabloid-type stuff with Michael Jackson, Jon and Kate, etc. Thanks for this Ms. Lyons and yes, I’m surprised how good it was for ’83.

  • Popservations.com

    Wow–1983? That’s some pretty amazing stuff. Wonder why Disney didn’t take that technological promise and act on it sooner. Wasn’t it until 1991’s “Beauty & The Beast” that the studio used computers to marry traditional animation techniques with rendered 3-D backgrounds/settings?

  • Jessica S.

    That might be the best thing I’ve watched all day! Thanks for that!

  • Leslie

    So cool! I TOTALLY remember seeing that when I was a kid! Thanks!

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