trailer break: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ teaser

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

This must be one of the great trailers of all time. Just that tease in the beginning, showing us mere glimpses of the monster, the shadow and the silhouette of his horned head. And then it speaks! I didn’t have any idea what the monsters should sound like, but that sounds about right. Cool!

And then: Oh, it’s Max in his monster jammies! It’s Max with his crown! Man, it’s like being a kid again and reading a favorite bedtime story.

It might sound silly, because of course it all looks like how Where the Wild Are should look, but it makes me think of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and some of the other dark fantasy movies of my childhood. Maybe it’s that the monsters look like giant puppets…

What is that song? “Children don’t grow up / Our bodies get bigger / But our hearts don’t know”? Wonderful! Perfect!

The trailer is sooo Spike Jonze-y that I wonder if Jonze cut it himself (directors usually don’t do that). It all makes me very hopeful that the film will be as grim as the book. With the script by Jones and Dave Eggers, I have even more hope that however they’ve expanded on Maurice Sendak, it will all work. Is this going to be, like, a heartbreaking work staggering geekness?

Where the Wild Things Are opens in the U.S. on October 16; no U.K. release date has been announced.

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