This has to be one of the more intriguing and beautiful teaser trailers I’ve seen in a while. Coming to theaters October 16th, Where the Wild Things Are has been adapted by Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers from the beloved childrens’ book by Maurice Sendak.
I admit, I never read the book as a kid (a shame, I know), but I did know the main premise and that the book is pretty short. I checked online and the book is only 16 sentences long. I am usually skeptical of such short and treasured childrens’ books becoming full-length movies (Mike Myers in Cat in the Hat comes to mind). It’s a fine line between expanding the story in a way that works and taking it the wrong direction. Considering how moving the teaser is (and this coming from someone who didn’t read it as a kid), I have a feeling we’re in good hands. Perhaps most impressive is how un-CGI the special effects look (the word “raw” comes to mind).
There is another trailer up online, but I suggest watching the teaser first. In case you were wondering, the music is from Canadian band Arcade Fire (and it works so well!).