In chapter 10 of Adaptation: Studying Film and Literature, authors Desmond and Hawkes note that one of the potential reasons for the failure of an adapted film is miscasting. I believe that this is one, if not the biggest issue faced when a film studio decides to adapt a beloved popular current literary text. “What is important, though, is to choose actors who fit the literary character ell enough so that they do not create a new emphasis that undermines the coherence of the story”, write Desmond and Hawkes. The part of Max in the film is played by actor Max Records. In my opinion he was the perfect choice for the role because of his physical resemblance to the character in the book. I also believe that by casting the monsters as puppets combined with computer generated special effects, Jonze was able to give more life and more depth to these characters. Also worth mentioning is the concept brought forth by Desmond and Hawkes in chapter 1 of Adaptation in which they discuss another reason for text to film adaptations being a “powerful person (say, a producer, star, or director) becomes committed to the text.” I’d relate that back to solving the potential problem of miscasting in the practice of film makers using famous actors to voice the roles of fictitious, ‘non-actor’ or non-human roles such as the monsters in Where The Wild Things Are. There is no doubt in my mind that the voices of James Gandolfini and Forest Whitaker contributed largely to the success of the film. I’d propose this question; Would Toy Story have been as successful without the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen?
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