Things are Getting “Wild”

March 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

The trailer for Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are came out last week, and boy are people chatty about it.  I particularly like this post from Richard Brody at the New Yorker.

All that I’m going to add to this discussion is that the movie looks beautiful, but I’m still fairly certain it will ruin the book. I mean, c’mon, 2-hour movie from a 30-page book? There’s got to be some ruin added in there somewhere. But a 2-minute trailer of the same book? Overwrought gold.

Here’s it is:

Also, the shot at 0:38 reminds me a lot of Ray Cruz’s illustrations for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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Maybe it’s the colors?

In other kids-book-to-movie news, here’s the recently released poster for the upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs adaptation.

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Some kids books turn out wonderful when they’re adapted (e.g. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), but I have a feeling this one’s going the route of Horton Hears a Who — not terrible, but just wrong enough to make you wish it hadn’t been made.

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he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.

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