We’ve waited—what’s it been? A year or more?—for any kind of confirmation that Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was anything more than a little boy’s dream. Well, we’re dreaming no more. EW.com, today, posted the film’s official teaser trailer, advertising its release date as 16 October this year.
It’s a little bit Dark Crystal, a wee bit Neverending Story, but it also looks supremely dark (as the story often is), especially towards the end here, with the song building and pumping and the monsters flying through the trees creating all sorts of spooky drama. I don’t think I’ve been as engrossed and excited by a trailer, well, since Dark Crystal and Neverending Story. And I’m completely excited by how real it all looks—I’m no CGI expert but this does not look too heavily computer animated. Another reason it hits that Jim Henson nerve—making the pretend so real it rarely feels like fantasy.
So, 16 October—you think it’s too early to camp out for tickets?
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