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in Filmmaking
on Mar 25, 2009

After too many months of rumors and studio-blogger back-and-forth, the trailer for Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has broken online, and it looks absolutely wonderful. The story involves an angry young boy who runs away to a land populated by giant beasts. In the two minutes of the trailer, which will premiere this weekend before Monsters vs. Aliens, there are costumes, Arcade Fire, great graphics and an authentic feeling of being young. The script was co-written by Dave Eggers and both he and Jonze, according to this USA Today piece, regularly contacted Sendak for his input. But, relays Jonze, “”He was adamant that I make my own thing. He had strong opinions, but he would ultimately defer to us. He said, ‘Make something personal to you.'” Commenting on his artistically ambitious approach to the family movie, Jonze also said, “”I never thought of it as a children’s movie. My intention was to be true to how it felt to be 9 years old. Maurice’s whole thing is to be honest. You can say anything to kids as long as you are respectful and not pandering.”

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