Let the Wild Rumpus Start

Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are is one my all-time favorite children's books, so I was cautiously excited when I heard it was being adapted into a live action film. Most of my apprehension subsided though when I heard Spike Jonze was attached to direct. His original, offbeat touch seems to be a perfect fit for this classic story of childhood mischief. I haven't seen any of Jonze's full length movies (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), but I am very familiar with his always inventive music videos, most notably Weezer's Happy Days tribute "Buddy Holly," and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," which most people know as the video where Christopher Walken dances.

The release date has been pushed back a couple of times before eventually settling on October 16th. There has been very little info released about the movie until just recently. The first poster showed up online a few weeks ago, and this week, the first trailer made its debut. As always, it is difficult to judge a whole movie based on a 2 minute clip, but I am loving what I see so far. The character designs are very faithful to Sendak's illustrations, and Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" sets the proper tone for what looks to be a very imaginative journey. But that's enough blabbering from me. Take a look, and by all means, don't keep your thoughts to yourself.


Caitlinp said...

Promising. Very promising. Do we really have to wait until October? Bummer.

Hali said...

Well I gotta say that I do love this book. The trailer looks a little strange but weirdly I will probably still see the movie, maybe not on opening night but eventually I will.