Spike Jonze, animation whiz-bangs Clyde Henry & NFB pay homage to Maurice Sendak with “Higglety Pigglety Pop!”

The folks at Clyde Henry Productions and the NFB are onto something very cool once again with Maurice Sendak’s Higglety Pigglety Pop!, a 23  and a half minute short featuring the voices of Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker and Spike Jonze. The short film is included on the Blu- Ray release of Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, released March 2nd.  Here’s some info from the press release;

“The film, a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and Warner Home Video, will be included on the Blu-Ray release of Where The Wild Things Are, which hits stores on March 2nd. The 23 and a half minute short film was created by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, the Oscar-nominated team behind the short Madame Tutli-Putli.

The Story: Once Jennie had everything. She had two bowls to eat from, two pillows, and for cold weather, a red wool sweater. She even had a master who loved her. But Jennie didn’t care. In the middle of the night she packed everything she had in a black leather bag with gold buckles and looked out of her favorite window for the last time… Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life follows Jennie’s surreal, suspenseful and unexpectedly moving journey to gain new experiences and realize her dream of becoming the star of the World Mother Goose Theatre.

Since 1997 Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski have formed the artistic partnership called Clyde Henry Productions. The pair have created award-winning films, ads, illustrations, comics, and music videos. Their first professional film, Madame Tutli-Putli, produced by Marcy Page for the National Film Board of Canada, received international acclaim – over 50 awards to date, among them the Best Short Film and Rail d’or prizes at the Cannes International Film Festival and an Academy Award Nomination in 2007.”

Great interview with the fellows from Clyde Henry can be found at Animation World Network, HERE.


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