A trailer for Spike Jonze’s long-in-coming adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s picture book “Where the Wild Things Are” had it’s debut on, of all places, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today and
is now online here. Update: Taken down, for whatever reason. An embedded version, with a preceding ad, is below, and here it is on Apple in glorious HD.
“Where the Wild Things Are” is already a notorious production — after a tiff with Universal, the original studio attached to the film in 2000, Jonze moved to Warner Bros, who were then rumored to have been unhappy with the tone and to have insisted on reshoots.There were reports from test screenings of children in the audiences crying, possibly at the monsters, which were announced to be a mix of costumes and CGI. People wondered if it really was suited for kids, but the bigger mystery for me was what the storyline would be — Sendak’s book was ten sentences long, which left a lot of leeway/work for screenwriter Dave Eggers.
The trailer, which is, in its trailery way, pretty wonderful (and oh so melancholic/twee), looks to be pitched over the heads of any actual child and right at a hip adult audience, with almost all dialogue replaced by a soundtrack of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.” Those magic hour shots, that raggedly magical realism — it’s like crack for those of us with a soft spot for bittersweet nostalgia. The movie’s not due out until October 16, so I suppose the studio has plenty of time to try to convince parents this is also something their offspring will be entertained by.