Posts Tagged ‘we love you so’

Looking Back

Published June 14, 2010 by Graham

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The epic ride that has been We Love You So simply cannot be done justice in bullet-point form, but we’ll give it a shot anyway. Here are some great memories from these past 14 months–and 1000 posts–for you to revisit in our absence:

  • Skating with Mark Gonzales: rad photos form Spike’s shoebox
  • Scoring with Carter Burwell and then mixing at Skywalker Ranch
  • A homemade Max costume – the first of many
  • The many Wild Thing inspired pastries and bento box arrangements
  • A list of literature’s Top 10 Rascals – hotly contested in the British press
  • Quilts, murals and chalk drawings
  • Wild Things skate decks!
  • Hidden gems from childhood heroes like Mr. Rogers, The Muppets and Richard Scarry
  • Brilliant images from Max’s dad, Shawn Records
  • Spike’s bank commercials with a sumo wrestler and Brad Pitt
  • A crazy music video for Japanese band Sour and then an interview explaining how they made it
  • Behind the scenes on a BBC sitcom with Spike, David Cross and Will Arnett
  • A visit to Maurice Sendak’s house, and plenty of looks back at the author’s life and interviews about his views on childhood
  • Comic Con ‘09, where the movie’s promotion began and we got to know Max Records
  • Kanye West in We Were Once a Fairytale– and the behind the scenes drama
  • I’m Here, the bittersweet robot love story: from the shoot to Sundance to the Opening Ceremony collaborations and its worldwide premiere
  • Tributes to cinematic classics like Ratcatcher, Time Bandits and The Neverending Story
  • Interviews with amazing artists like Tao Lin, Matt Furie, Miguel Arteta, Ray Tintori, Edith Zimmerman, Jordan Crane and Vanessa Dualib
  • More Where the Wild Things Are food – this time, fruit
  • The pandemonium in Spike’s music video for LCD Soundsystem
  • A visit with graphic design great Geoff McFetridge
  • The WTWTA pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty
  • Literary coverage on books you might not have read yet, from Nabokov to postmodern comic epics to hard-hitting journalism!
  • Where the Wild Things Ought to Be: a photoshop contest!
  • The demise of an infamous production office sofa
  • Forts, forts and more forts!
  • Olympia Le-Tan’s beautiful books
  • Bringing Where the Wild Things Are around the world! Japan! Madrid! Italy!
  • And then of course there are the hundreds of artists and musicians and writers who’ve inspired us along the way– go back through the archvies and rediscover them whenever you feel lonely! We’ll always have these moments, and one day we will meet again.

    The FINAL DAYS of We Love You So…

    Published June 8, 2010 by Dallas

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    Well everyone the time has come for We Love You So to take a much needed rest. When we started this project last year we had no idea how much fun it would be and how much support we would receive from so many places around the world, but like anything this site must also end.

    This coming Tuesday, June 15, WLYS is going to be going to sleep for a while. With any luck we will be back, in some form or another, soon enough. Meanwhile, to celebrate the final week we’ll be revisiting some over our favorite articles from our time here and also announcing one FINAL giveaway for all the fans out there.

    Stay tuned and thanks again for everything!

    DVD Contest Winners!

    Published March 2, 2010 by Graham

    Wow! Over the weekend we received e-mails from more than 350 We Love You So readers across the globe, from Colombia to Bosnia and small towns in Missouri. Your e-mails were so overwhelmingly filled with an outpouring of love for Where the Wild Things Are, Spike, and the blog that it was terribly hard to choose just three winners. We wish we could give copies of the DVD to each and every one of you! But since we can’t, here are the three lucky fans who we chose:

    Paul D. of Philadelphia, PA wrote in to say he loved Lance Bangs’ documentary portrait of Family Bookstore in L.A.

    While it is a little tough to know that so much land lies between that little hub of creative energy and my lonely mountain perch near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it is encouraging to know that scenes like the one that has developed around Family and The Smell are happening contemporarily. It is easy to get discouraged about the present state of the creative movement when looking at the cliques and happening spots that one missed witnessing first hand by decades (punk rock’s first squalid notes, the abstract expressionists redefining New York, the Algonquin roundtable, the Bauhaus etc.)

    However, fetishizing the past is easily kept in check when there are ample reminders that art and culture are kept alive / re-imagined in new and unexpected ways by individuals striking out on their own or in packs. The We Love You So blog has provided ample encouragement that beautiful things are always being made and that one only needs boot straps and elbow grease to step up into the ranks of those pushing culture forward.

    We like your attitude, Paul! And apparently ardent reader Danny H. appreciates our attitude. He kindly complimented us on the overall “voice” of the blog:

    …hands-down my favorite thing has been the way reading the blog has always seemed like an excited friend telling you about this great new _______ that they just discovered. You’ve never sounded like taste-makers or scenesters or critics….it’s just been one more person whose opinion I look forward to hearing. Thanks!

    That made us feel warm and fuzzy inside, but what sealed the deal for Danny was this cute post-it doodle he sent our way:

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    Finally, 14-year-old Mia R. from Los Angeles told us that when she’s not writing Star Wars-inspired sonnets, she checks We Love You So on the computers in her school library:

    I love everything about We Love You So, but some of my favorite things are the knit wolf suit sweater (once I finish knitting some cupcakes, I’m going to start this sweater), Coco Cake Boutique’s Wild Things cake (I started reading the Coco Cake blog after I saw that and all of the other adorable cupcakes- I also became obsessed with cupcakes then too), Pogo, and Happy Socks. But my favorite is probably all of the lovely forts people made!!!!

    For everyone else, you can pick up a copy of the Where the Wild Things Are Blu-Ray or DVD online or in stores now!

    The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

    Published July 22, 2009 by Spike

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    While we were in London finishing the effects at Framestore, I got to be in a pilot for David Cross created for Channel 4 in Britain. I am in just in a couple scenes in the first episode. I have no idea why David asked me to do it but I had the best role, I just get non-stop verbally abused by Will Arnett in the most scathing hilarious way. I spent the whole day cracking up at two of the funniest people I’ve hung out with. I felt like I had my own private Will and David comedy show. Also, it was directed by the the Russo brothers who directed a lot of Arrested Development. They have a great touch.

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    Where The Vinyl Things Are

    Published July 17, 2009 by Dallas

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    We’ve been getting a lot of emails about the merchandise surrounding the Where The Wild Things Are release. In case you were curious, these vinyl gems have been spotted in pre-order all over the internet.

    Speaking of Mark Gonzales

    Published July 17, 2009 by Spike

    Here is a masterpiece that Cheryl Dunn shot of Mark when some giant fancy museum in Germany asked him to do an art show there and instead of hanging art he did this. This is the footage cut down into a video for Coconut Records.

    Mystery Meats

    Published July 14, 2009 by Dallas

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    Stacey Rozich is a Seattle-based illustrator doing nice beautiful things with pens and paints. If you are a fan of paintings of animals, or humans in animal costumes she is definitely worth a look. As Rozich herself notes “Where the Wild Things Are was and still is important to me and generations of individuals.” As for the showings at her gallery space in Pioneer Square – “Not an event goes by where someone doesn’t make a Sendak comparison.”

    Fan Submission

    Published June 16, 2009 by Dallas

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    “Chalk drawings spotted in the schoolyard of a small rural school in Australia. Drawn on an old chalkboard by the principal over twelve years ago.”

    Thanks Cameron!

    Fan Submissions

    Published May 28, 2009 by Dallas

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    We got this one sent in from a few different places last week. Pretty crafty. Wild Things bento box.

    Spotted

    Published May 21, 2009 by Spike

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    My friend Wyatt spotted this in Tompkins Square Park.