Hugo – Movie Trailer

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

When The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick came out in 20o7, I wasn’t blogging, I had not been introduced to graphic novels and I had no way to even conceive of reading a novel in pictures. I remember picking it up in the stores and being completely mystified. I put it back down pretty quickly. Here’s a look at the description and what I missed out on.

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

It definitely looks like fun, and it has now made the leap from a novel in pictures to a novel turned movie. I guess the beauty of this book is that it came complete with storyboards to work from. It’ll be in theaters Thanksgiving of this year. Plenty of time to pick up a copy to “read” if you haven’t already. I might pick up a copy by then as well.

Dd anyone read this? Can you chime in on the experience of “reading” a book that was mostly only pictures?

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6 Comments

  1. I read this book during the last readathon, and was completely entranced! This book is magical. And there are definitely more than just pictures – there are lots of words too. It took me several hours to read. What I thought gave this book an edge was its foundations in things that are real. The old movies made by reclusive artist are real. And automatons! On my review, I included a clip taken from the Franklin Institute of a real one. Amazing stuff. I spent more time looking all this stuff up than I did reading the book. I for one will be in line to see this one the day it comes out!

  2. Sandy told me all about this one over lunch one day, and convinced me that this is one that I need to read. I also have to hurry because the movie is coming out soon, and I really want to be in line to see it. I love that it has Sascha Baron Cohen in it as well. He is usually really good, and that child is adorable with those big eyes. Thanks for sharing this movie trailer and announcement with us. It’s the first I have seen so far.

  3. I read this a few years ago, and although there are a lot of pictures, and they’re gorgeous, there’s plenty of text for the story as well. Actually, although I loved the idea of this book — I am strongly in favor of adding more pictures to grown-up books! — I wasn’t as wild about it as I wanted to be. I’d like someone else to write a book in a similar fashion but with a better plotline.

  4. I’ve only read a few graphic novels and was amazed at how powerful they were and what an impression they left on me. I would love to read this one before seeing the movie. The trailer looks great and I will be happy to see Sasha Baron Cohen playing something less silly than his normal kind of role.

  5. I liked the combination of drawings and words. I won’t give any spoilers but when the mystery is revealed, it seems like this was the only way in which the story could’ve been told. Going strictly with one or the other would’ve let the story fall flat.

    Martin Scorsese is directing the movie. He’s been hard at work and I’m told the current version is fantastic. It still has some tweaking before it hits the theaters.

  6. This book was absolutely amazing! I have been a reader since the beginning but I also like to draw. I enjoyed being shown what was happening. It seems like it might leave little for the imagination to do but this is not the case. My imagination was going just as well as, if not better than, in a normal book. Definately something I would suggest to readers and non-readers alike.