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!).
Excited to see this one!
A few things:
1) I can't believe you never read this book. Go to the library today.
2) This movie looks amazing, and that trailer song is perfect on so many levels
3) Not sure about Spike Jonz, but this looks promising.
4) That little boy is darling.
5) I'm so glad you saw GI Joe so I don't have to. Thank you.
This is one of my beloved childhood books and I am so excited for this movie!
I tear up everytime I watch the trailers.
I love Spike Jonz, he makes awesome music videos so I have lots of faith in him.
Thanks for your comment, and for directing me to your review of the trailer! I loved it.
Are you (by any chance) in/from Orange County? We're doing a piece on the art production of the film in the October issue of the OC Gazette (www.theocgazette.com), so you should check back in October! There will be a couple great interviews with the artists behind the film. :]
Read it as a kid. Loved it. This movie has been in limbo for qite some time. Originally Walt Disney owned the rights. They were going to make a 2D/3D Animated Feature Film with half the movie being hand drawn and the other half in CGI. There is a preview traielr of this on YouTube. When Disney didn't like the direction it was going it got scrapped. Then Universal was going to release film it had teaser trailer attached to The Grinch in 2000. But Jonze pulled the movie from Universal due to creative differences and took it to Warner Bros. During production. Spike wanted all the monsters to be animatronic puppets. But WB didn't think it would fly and wanted to go full CGI. With Jonze refusing to go CGI. He came to a neutral agreement. That he would still use the actors in the foam suits and he will use CGI for the faces of all the creatures. Brilliant. Reminds me of old school Jim Henson. Like in The Dark Crytsal and The Labyrinth. Definitely going to watch this.