Where the Wild Things Are

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

The trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are," scheduled to be released Oct. 16, has come under a lot of fire.

Fans of the classic children's picture book—and there are many—have criticized the costumes for being overtly silly, distracting and boy-in-a-bunny-suit weird. Talk of re-shooting the entire film, which surfaced in February, probably hasn't helped. Watch the original trailer below:

I would argue no trailer that uses the Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" as the soundtrack could be bad. It's one of the best songs this decade. But Warner Bros. and director Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich", "Adaptation") have taken the criticism to heart, and earlier this summer, began waging a campaign to defend their creation.

Their most recent move is a video with Maurice Sendak, author of the famed book, who endorses the movie and praises Jonze's creativity. The video also has some great footage from the set. Watch the video below:

I'm incredibly intrigued by this film. I, like Sendak, think Jonze is "a true artist." In my opinion, the Jim Henson-like costumes, and the winsomeness of the trailer, embody the free-wheeling spirit and uniqueness of Sendak's iconic book. "Where the Wild Things Are" is supposed to be strange; it's supposed to push the limits. The book did, and the movie should too. Greatness has never been borne from timidity.

But in the entertainment world, once the sharks smell blood, it's hard to repel them. And maybe all the negativity has already doomed Jonze's film, souring it to fans and critics alike. I hope that's not the case, and viewers give it a fair chance, but you never know with these things. What do you think? Will you go see this movie?