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October 8, 2007

First look: Magical beings breathe life into 'Spiderwick Chronicles'

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Don't boggart that house brownie!

That is just one lesson learned about the little-seen realm of magical beings in the fantasy film The Spiderwick Chronicles, opening Feb. 15 and based on all five of the books in the popular series.

Freddie Highmore of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stars as twin brothers Jared and Simon, who move with their older sister (Sarah Bolger of In America) and mother (Mary-Louise Parker) to a ramshackle Victorian estate that is besieged by strange beasties great and small.

"The authors, Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, wanted their books to be the first realistic portrayal of the fantastical world based on true fairy folklore," says director Mark Waters (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls).

Unlike most recent make-believe movie fare such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, Spiderwick is a contemporary tale that unfolds in an everyday New England setting. "You should feel like this could be happening in your own neighborhood," Waters says.
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Creature chaos is unleashed with scary and humorous results when Jared, the more aggressive and adventurous twin, discovers a field guide to fairies, a book coveted by a 10-foot shape-shifting ogre, Mulgarath (Nick Nolte).

Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park, Star Wars), with an assist from Industrial Light & Magic, supervised the 500 or so digital shots of the magical beings.

Because each volume is only 100 pages or so and "is meant to be quickly devoured by a 10-year-old," Waters says, the decision was made to compile all the stories into what he calls "one kick-butt amalgamation."

But that doesn't mean there won't be sequels. The authors already are writing another screenplay based on a new trilogy, Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, about a Florida family's ordeal with those feisty fairies.

-Click Here for the Article By Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY


Posted by dschnee at October 8, 2007 8:45 PM