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“Higglety Pigglety Pop!”

Higglety Pigglety Pop

Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, the filmmakers of Madame Tutli-Putli have finished a new 23-1/2 minute short based on the Maurice Sendak book Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life. The adaptation, which combines live-action actors and puppets with animation and digital manipulation, will be included on the Where the Wild Things Are Blu-ray release next month. Its world premiere will take place on February 28 at the Montreal Children’s International Film Festival. Spike Jonze was among the producers on this National Film Board of Canada production; Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker provide voices in the film. The stills on the NFB website look intriguing, and I’m definitely looking forward to it based on the strength of Lavis and Szczerbowski’s last effort.

  • I look forward to seeing this. I thought Madame Tutli Putli was incredible, and hope Higglety-Pigglety-Pop! reaches the bar set by it’s makers in their previous film.

  • Looks promising, with top of the line actors like Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker doing as Voice Overs.

  • Vintage Season

    Higglety Pigglety Pop! was one of my favorite books as a child… but then, I was an odd child. Still, the stills look very interesting, so I look forward to seeing what they’ve done with it!

  • Bob

    Looks good, and considering the pair’s last effort, I’m definitely looking forward to this.

    P.S.: is this part stop motion? Looks like it is…

  • Tom

    I am still waiting for Terry Gilliam’s Chicken Soup With Rice and Michel Gondry’s What Do You Say Dear?

  • DM

    Well… I guess it’s time to finally buy a Blu-ray player. Oof.

    P. S. Anyone else annoyed when people say they’re odd or weird or strange? More often than not they’re far from it.

  • jérôme

    You can watch 3 short clips of the film at this address : http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/02/16/photos-and-video-from-the-spike-jonze-produced-short-film-higglety-pigglety-pop-or-there-must-be-more-to-life/ (lots of puppets, but I think it looks wonderful).

  • matt

    Cool! Can’t wait to see it. I was knocked out by Madame Tutli-Putli’s technique which was so effective. I was actually watching it with a friend just yesterday because when I described it to him he said it sounded dodgy/creepy like synchro-vox (Space Angel, Clutch Cargo). I said it was more like anti-synchro-vox because the real eyes gave it so much life.

    To be honest I was disappointed in the story and resolution though, tone-poem or otherwise. The (SPOILERS) end is so similar to Chris Wedge’s Bunny and the general theme with the moth metaphor so similar that it can’t help but suffer for it if you’ve seen that one. From the very first shot with the light, the moth and all her baggage I was like,”Oh oh” (END SPOILERS). But yes, a pleasure to revel in its style and the artistry.

  • Joel Brinkerhoff

    It looks charming. The puppetry is great and will give the Henson Company some competition.