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RE-UPDATED!!WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Trailer (In Glorious QuickTime!!)

Merrick again (again)... The trailer's now online in Glorious QuickTime over at Apple. Find it HERE! Thanks for the notes Indyit, Brian, and Grandma Sharon...

Merrick again... Ellen's website now has the WHERE THE WILD THINGS trailer online HERE!!! Thanks to Capt. Haddock, who found it for us.
Also, you can see it via the embed below, provided by Trailer Addict HERE).
Salardo found this for us, which we appreciate!

Merrick here...
Normally I'd be tempted to discount this kind of news, but everything about this film's making/release seems to be surrounded by not? Here's Jasper Sinclair...
Never thought I'd have a reason to write into you, but then the following happened. I just attended a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (thank you, girlfriend), and got the surprise of my life when The WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE trailer PREMIERED! Apparently they had the exclusive debut rights to air it. I don't have time to go into details of how awesome it is, but trust me... breathtaking. The show will be airing tomorrow, March 25. If you use this, call me Jasper Sinclair.
You can find out where Ellen airs in your area HERE.

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  • March 25, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I want it now

    by hallmitchell

  • March 25, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    This movie is the one I'm looking forward to the most

    by hallmitchell

    This year. That and Funny People.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST



    Don't lie...

  • March 25, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Me too Hallmitchell

    by mrbananagrabber

    Dave Eggers is by far my favorite writer, and this movie looks phenomenal. Also I'm a total Apatow junkie, hate if you must.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    please don't suck

    by walrusholder

  • March 25, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Whats the deal with this movie?

    by liljuniorbrown

    I thought it was supposed to be released by now ,but i've heard there were all kinds of derailments. Does anyone know for sure? I'm kind of out of the loop. Looks like it could be a great one.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    What the hell time does Ellen come on???

    by Nice Marmot

    That would be some cool news.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    It would be cooler . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . if I read just ONE MORE SENTENCE to find out!

  • March 25, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Ya. I can wait.

    by cheezedaze

    I can hardly wait for this movie, but if I have to endure Ellen to see the trailer... I can wait a little longer.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I think you can watch the trailer . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . at the actualy website. But its blocked at my work.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    an added bonus to my day!

    by kafka07

    I already love Ellen as it is. Not!

  • March 25, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    great news!!!

    by TheExterminator

    i don't know what this means

  • March 25, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Ellen's show is perfect background noise on my TV at work

    by slone13

    Tomorrow I'll have to make sure to pay closer attention

  • March 25, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Nice...too bad for those of us who work.

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    I would love to see this trailer!

  • March 25, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by alice 13


  • March 25, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Today's Bonie Hunt show will have Batman 3 casting news

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    make sure and tune in you guys

  • March 25, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by Gigolo Joe


  • March 25, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    WATCHMEN squid DVD re-shoot footage on RACHEL RAY!


    Rachel Ray = fap fap fap fap fap fap

  • March 25, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Well that is just kinda weird

    by JoeSixPack

    Daytime talk show premiere. At least they could have done Extra or Access Hollywood.

  • March 25, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I call BullShit!

    by Rat Fink

    Who the fuck would want to premiere a movie trailer like this, or any trailer, on the Ellen show?

  • March 25, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Mothers take their children

    by enderandrew

    If mothers are to take their children to this movie, it isn't a bad place to premiere the trailer.

  • March 25, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Monsters Vs. Aliens

    by Rev. Artemis Prime

    USA Today says that it's premiering in front of Monsters Vs. Aliens, so it's not that big a stretch to think that it'll be on Ellen. Kinda makes sense, lots of housewives.

  • March 25, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Avatar trailer to premiere on Dr. Phil!!!

    by Rat Fink

  • March 25, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Portia de Rossi is gorgeous.

    by tonagan

    Ellen's one lucky gal.

  • March 25, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I call bull true...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    The Ellen site has a WTWTA link which leads to the Warner site.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Rat Fink

    Good catch. I retract my bullshit statement

  • March 25, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    so it's online?

    by menstrual_blitz

    i want to see this but i don't have a tv!

  • March 25, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    If it came on today

    by Rat Fink

    did anyone record it

  • March 25, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Its on Ellen site

    by Rat Fink

  • March 25, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Trailer link

    by plocock

  • March 25, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Remove the spaces in link

    by plocock

  • March 25, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Absolutely gorgeous looking...

    by Whatcokes982

    That looks incredible. Can't wait.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Trailer looks pretty good

    by Rat Fink

    It was only a 2 min trailer though

  • March 25, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by Rat Fink

    Update this sumbitch

  • March 25, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by teh awesome

    That gave me chills. I WANT TO GO TO THERE

  • March 25, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by jdhasson

    Oh man oh man oh man oh jesus this looks incredible

  • March 25, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Arcade Fire is a great band.

    by eric haislar

    Trailer looks dope.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by Rat Fink

    What's the name of the song

  • March 25, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Rat Fink

    by eric haislar

    "Wake up" from there album Funeral.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

  • March 25, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    That gave me chills.

    by eric haislar

  • March 25, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    My everything about this trailer....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...please be half as good as the trailer.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Quicktime version here

    by thisisdaniel

    I've put up a downloadable QuickTime version over at

  • March 25, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by mithrandir16

    Great use of Arcade Fire! What an awesome trailer.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite books of all time

    by Broseph

    I remeber being a kid having the teacher read this to our class and just being able to see this world in my imagination.the trailer looks great.i want to take my nieces to see it

  • March 25, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    what the fuck is this nonsense?

    by TakeItEasyMon

    Can't they just link the damn thing? Ugh.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by Brian

    I'm so there. I loved the book as a kid and I love Spike Jonze. Whoever gave him this movie is a genius. I'd like to thank him.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Great trailer. Great song!

    by Mr_Fancy_Pants

    That is all.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by aleeminator

    and actually "Wake up" is from the Neon Bible album by AF.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I can't wait.

    by thesinofthesky

    Seriously- this movie is going to be awesome. I have complete faith in Spike Jonze.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    thisisdaniel thanks for the link

    by TakeItEasyMon

    This looks quite good!

  • March 25, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    U beg to differ sir.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    I beg to differ sir. uneral_(album)

  • March 25, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    one of the fuckin trailers of the year

    by Kenny_Fuckin_Powers

    i can't wait to shoot up some mescaline, peyote, and snort some dmz and see some fuckin elves before i go see that shit.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by adrock303

    Fucking amazing. Great choice of song. That movie just went to #1 with a bullet on my most anticipated list.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    by zerostwoobs

    Yeah, wake up is definitely on Funeral, duder. Sorry. Awesome attempt at snarkiness, though. Keep it up.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Between this and Funny People I will cry

    by Quin the Eskimo

    like a retarded baby. I seriously am anticipating sobs, and whomever I'm with to look at me with disgust and curiosity.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Bunch of pussies over at Chud

    by AlwaysThere

    Wah, I just watched this trailer and it made me cry. Cut the hyperbole shit.

  • March 25, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Only one big problem...

    by FlickaPoo movie can live up to that trailer. Impossible. Must...lower...expectations...

  • March 25, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Fucking awesome!

    by m_reporter

    One of the best trailers I've seen in a long while, that thing put a huge goofy grin on my face.<p> Can't wait for the film!

  • March 25, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Every now and then

    by shran

    you get news that a movie is coming out that you really anticipate. I mean, really. Because when you were young the book or something related meant a lot to you. This is one of those times. When I saw the poster for this I smiled. Widely and warmly. And now after seeing the trailer, I have a bit of mist in my eyes and an even bigger grin. Hopefully the movie can live up to the incredible good vibes that the book gave me, and that I caught from seeing that trailer. Because right now I am feeling great knowing that this movie is coming out and I can watch it with my family.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Its Spike Jonze

    by zerostwoobs

    The absolute worst case scenario is that its the most interesting and original piece of crap ever made. Best case scenario: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.....

  • March 25, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Fun Activity

    by menstrual_blitz

    Step 1: Mute trailer <br> Step 2: Go to youtube and find that Lost Boys Cry Little Sister song. Hit play. <br> Step 3: Watch the trailer with your new soundtrack. <p> for all.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I must thank LeVar Burton

    by eric haislar

    for getting me to read this book as a child.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Always There

    by Quin the Eskimo


  • March 25, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by NivekJ

    Nuff said.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    by NomadRip

    It looks fantastic. Definitely a nice job!

  • March 25, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I didn't know you could shoot up mescaline or peyote

    by Sick Fixx

    I thought you just ate the buttons. Didn't know they could be taken intravenously. Is that even safe?

  • March 25, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Trailer is WOW!

    by HoboCode

    Is that TV on the Radio as the song? Inspired choice.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Always wanted to see a movie of this...

    by F69

    I remember going to see 'Wild Things' thinking it was an adaptation of this... I was a bit surprised but then again, if you don't get to see a bunch of freaky looking monsters then I guess half naked lesbians isn't a bad substitute.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    The song is "wake up" by Arcade Fire.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    or was it Arcade Fire?

    by HoboCode

    I get the two mixed up.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    thanks erichaislar

  • March 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    >>> Yes. <<<

    by Flummage

  • March 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by AllieJamison

    Beautiful. And 'wake up' (is this the album version?) is such a fantastic song choice. It's refreshing to see a trailer being as much of its own thing as this one...

  • March 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Looks awesome

    by awepittance

    the most interesting looking childrens movie in a long time

  • March 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Looks sick

    by JBouganim1

  • March 25, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Can any one else not stop watching

    by eric haislar

    this trailer? I must have watched it 20 times now.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Fucking Great use of Arcade Fire..

    by SamuelJackson1

  • Am I getting this correct?

  • March 25, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    *to escape in?

    by Mike_D

    I meant

  • March 25, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Nice. Very nice.

    by knowthyself

    Nice. Very nice.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by SamuelJackson1

    Were the hell can i find that version of "Wake Up"? It sounds better than the version on Funeral.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Looks like ass...

    by NubtheSquirrel

    There, I said it. I hope that keeps anyone else who just wants to fucking naysay on this movie away from saying anything else bad about it. To be perfectly honest, It looks amazing and I can't wait to see it.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    F.U.C.K.I.N.G ... A.W.E.S.O.M.E

    by Droid

    My favorite book as a kid looks like it might become my favorite movie of 2009. <p>Pity we've got to wade through the pile of shit to get to it. <p>Bring on October!

  • March 25, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    bonus points for the Arcade Fire

    by zooch

    looks cool

  • March 25, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    The most gorgeous thing I've seen in a long time

    by SifoDyasJr.

    It's now obvious it will be worth the wait.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    Looks absolutely beautiful.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Not sure I was wondering that too. Sounds like a live version first then it goes into the album version in the end. Maybe Jonez got them to re-record it or something.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    if that doesn't look like something like you you want to see

    by mutombo

    then I don't know what will! (Oh wait, if that doesn't look like something you want to see you probably missed fart and tit and dick gags and explosions with people falling in slow motion)

  • March 25, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Wow! I got goose bumps!

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Yeah, great use of music. Can't wait for this. Seems like Jonze has delivered without Kaufman. Great Job! (hopefully)

  • March 25, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Looks beautiful

    by Zeegloo

    I can't wait!

  • March 25, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I've got to repeat the most posted response--WOW

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    That looks amazing. I've been wondering about this project for a long time. I thought that maybe it had turned into some weird pychological mishmash vanity project that no one would want to see. The biggest danger, however, was that it would turn into a generic "Cat in the Hat"/"Grinch" souless family film. It appears to have dodged both of those bullets. Count me VERY interested.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    isnt the book like 6 pages?

    by Six Demon Bag

    how are they gonna do this...yet Spike has failed to disappoint me so far

  • March 25, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    Already watched it 4 times

  • March 25, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    AWESOME use of Arcade Fire!!!

    by D.Vader

    Holy shit! That trailer made me a little bit teary.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Trailer is awful, wtf?

    by JuntMonkey

    So we get a trite story about a boy who doesn't like his mom's boyfriend, and we get a nice dingy non-colorful interpretation of the Wild Things' land? Awesome. Wtf at "getting chills"? I hope all of you die.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    This film...

    by mukhtabi

    is the coolest thing to ever happen on my BIRTHDAY!! Yep Oct. 16th is my birthday, such a COOL GIFT!! YEEEHAW!

  • March 25, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    "Wake Up" is NOT from Neon Bible

    by D.Vader

    For whomever incorrectly said that. Its from Funeral.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    now i can enjoy this

    by Cajunsblues

    no michael bay involvment

  • March 25, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    And we wish the same for you cunt monkey...

    by DrBrianOblivion


  • March 25, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Can anyone tell whose voice that is as the Wild Thing?

    by D.Vader

    Are they still using Billy Bob and James Gandolfini? I thought he sounded a bit like the latter.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    James Gandolfini

    by eric haislar

    Is the voice.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Blow me.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    The Voice was James Gandolfini.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by shran

    Sounded like Gandolfini to me too. His name is in the credits. Nice.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Best looking trailer I've seen since

    by Black Jack iii

    ..'The Fall'...definitely goosebumpable. too bad friggin October is far off. I mean hell, it's still cold outside. There's a whole summer to survive. Ugh.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Executive Interference

    by Steve Young

    Weren't the suits really unhappy with this film, like "start over" unhappy? Anyone else concerned its vision has been severely compromised? Guess we'll see. Great trailer, great song.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Thanks guys

    by D.Vader

    Thought so!

  • March 25, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    and JuntMonkey

    by shran

    Sorry about your miserable childhood. You can sit next to the rest of us normal people in the theater and we'll explain it to you.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Did the trailer go down?

    by D.Vader

    TrailerAddict is suddenly not working on this computer for some ungodly reason.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by KillDozer

    i hope it's good. the trailer definitely seems to have the right feel.

  • March 25, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by Jollymorphic

    If it really ends up as good as this trailer seems, I'll be overjoyed. How many movies of this apparent quality and sincerity get made *for children*? ABOUT children?

  • March 25, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Its too bad this trailer is so awesome....

    by HBdoubleJ

    I bet you with the reaction this trailer gets the film is pushed back to November, or December.

  • March 25, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    How naive is Jasper's girlfriend?

    by K00m0

    He's obviously gay. Can't you see that, girl? Is the fashion advice worth the future heartbreak?

  • March 25, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Spot on, can't wait for this!

    by KillaKane

  • March 25, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Now in glorious quicktime!

    by Velhym

  • March 25, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by JuntMonkey

    Nice try trying to make this about me rather than the trailer itself, and not sure what anything has to do with my "miserable childhood" (which wasn't). Why not address my problems with the movie being an obviously trite story about a "boy coping with a new dad", the fact that the Wild Things' land is dingy with no color, and the use of a sappy indie song to try to give most of you chills (which it did)?

  • March 25, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Where's Neve Campbell and Denise Richards?

    by Dr Gregory House

  • March 25, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Hey Mike_D

    by Bass Bastardson

    Do you get respect?

  • March 25, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Really like some of the handheld moments of action

    by Stryder

    Along with the muppet wild things, it seems like Spike Jonez is channeling Terry Gilliam.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Obviously trite?

    by D.Vader

    Juntmonkey, that's waaaaaay too much of an assumption to make this early in the game with nothing but a teaser to go on. That's why you're getting criticized.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    mikey in the night kitchen

    by ChuyDedos

    and it's gone! buuu!

  • March 25, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Apple Link

    by Fievel

  • March 25, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    What I think it is

    by Lingerdog

    It didn't give me goose bumps, but it gave me a strange feeling deep inside, the part of me that is still a big kid, bursting with imagination, that I was seeing something imagined coming to life right before my eyes, seeming to capture the pure childish joy of unreserved imagination, like no movie based on a childrens book has. At least one hasn't for me. This is something I remember from a child and thinking about having a place like that to go to escape from whatever real or imagined hostilities I faced. I can see my son losing his mind over this movie, but that is a snap judgement based on the trailer I will of course re-judge when I get to see the completed movie, but as of right now, I'm so stoked it's rediculous.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by shran

    Sorry about that. It's quite obvious that you are doing a splendid job of making things about you with no help from me. Nothing could be more trite than a story about a somewhat disaffected young boy who feels as if he doesn't belong in any one place in the world and conjures a world where all the monsters accept him and allow him to express himself any way he wishes. Yup. Trite. Tell me, what is the wonderful children's movie that you propose?

  • March 25, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Incredible. Best trailer since 'The Phantom Menace', bar none.

    by kevred

    ...but this time, I think the movie behind it is actually going to be fantastic. <b>As for the insecure goofball above who made fun of people who said this trailer made them cry--it very nearly did that to me. <b>Every choice I've seen so far, from visual-stylistic to voice talent to actors to the song in this trailer, is inspired and effective. <p>new generation, say hello to your 'Neverending Story'. This should be great.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Potentially the best movie of the year...

    by sfgeek

    that is saying a lot of course, but with the arcade fire in the background and the book come to life... wow.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    aww, juntmonkey...

    by LegoKenobi

    ...what killed the little child in you? it's ok to cry about it, you know. everyone feels sad sometimes.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Fraggle Rock The Movie?


  • March 25, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Dare I say, not sure?

    by judderman

    I mean I know, the book contained something like 200 words, so it's obvious they were going to have to depart from the script a bit. But still, one thing that I always thought was integral to the story is that Max is a brat. He starts out a brat, stays a brat and is still a brat at the end. This trailer makes him seem all sensitve and misunderstood, which isn't right.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    It must be just me...

    by ckone

    but in my childs minds eye, I can't remember the book being as dark as this movie looks. I always remember the adventure that the kid had, but to be honest never gave much thought to why he was angry in the first place, I am going to dig out a copy, and reread it as an adult and see what I might have completely missed when I was a kid. The movie looks beautiful, tonaly, and artistically, but I can see this completely scaring the pants off of a little kid. but maybe that's a good thing.hmm definately gonna see it though.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by F69

    This trailler is so good that you can pretty much cut any music to it, I've just wasted about half an hour doing just that. BTW, I thought this piece went quite well with it:

  • March 25, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    I want to know how much of this they changed, b/c didn't a screening of this last year cause kids to leave the movie crying?<br><br>And, I wonder how much they changed to Wolverine in re-shoots.... and I wonder what they changed to the ending of the new Terminator.... and I wonder what making a movie was like prior to focus groups and the internet?

  • March 25, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    "Fraggle Rock The Movie"

    by JuntMonkey

    Funny you should mention that, because when the guy earlier called this "unreserved imagination", I was going to mention that 2 minutes of the Fraggle Rock scenes with the human-sized creatures have more imagination than the trailer scenes with these creatures. At least that's an actual weird and quirky world rather than just an ugly forest (which is what we saw in the trailer).

  • March 25, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST



    The thought of ellen scissoring has completed thwarted my penis's attempt at mondo wood for this movie.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    sick fixx there is shit i do

    by Kenny_Fuckin_Powers

    that would blow your fuckin mind. i once poured acid all over a skateboard wheel and had my friend clegg spin it and then put my tongue on the moving wheel. i once stuck a whipit up my ass and shot up nitrous anally. i have always chased excellence, and i have found that when you think outside the box there are ways to get high that require you to be high to conceive. I was at the optometrist and they said they are developing drugs that you can put in your eyes so I went home and crumbled some hash and poured it into my left eye and blinked a shitload. I got so fuckin high i came up with the idea of adminstering mexican frog poison to my armpit glands. and that was before a creed concert.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I believe in Spike Jonze

    by georgecauldron

  • March 25, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    just remember folks

    by Kenny_Fuckin_Powers

    this is the movie that warner bros told spike was no good

  • March 25, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Kenny Fuckin Powers, you are dangerous

    by D.Vader

    Some stupid fanboy kid reading this talkback is now going to go home and try that stupid shit, I guar-uhn-teee!

  • March 25, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    "Inside all of us is..."

    by JuntMonkey

    "HOPE". How that doesn't make you puke with obviousness, I do not know. shran - "Nothing could be more trite than a story about a somewhat disaffected young boy who feels as if he doesn't belong in any one place in the world and conjures a world where all the monsters accept him and allow him to express himself any way he wishes. Yup. Trite." - as a SUBTEXT that is fine. To basically EXPLICITLY spell that out, especially in the f-cking TRAILER, is awful. As for visuals, what is supposed to be an imaginative and colorful dream world looks pretty plain and gross. What's the point of adapting the book if you're not going to use any of the gorgeous landscapes?

  • March 25, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    JuntMonkey called it- Its a failure!

    by D.Vader


  • March 25, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    Just don't ever try to shoot up marihuana, b/c the stems are a bitch when they hit the heart.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    No squid= failure

    by Six Demon Bag

    oops, wrong classic. i have no volume at it NO CARS GO for the song...i'd be disappointed if it isn't

  • March 25, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    About the forest

    by shran

    I think one should look at the illustrations from the book. If you look closely, the colors are all rather muted. It seems that Jonze has tried to match that same style. As for it not looking like Fraggle Rock, it would be because Fraggle Rock was a hyper realized environment with wild colors and mostly underground. Wild Things takes place ona an island that if one were to judge from the illustration, is not too far removed from reality, outside the monsters.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Bridge to Terabithia

    by JuntMonkey

    Did the "escape from real world into imagination world" blah blah. I'd rather see them just make this about a bratty kid going to a dream world, no need for all this "deep" "meaningful" "emotional" garbage.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Wake Up??? should be the climax NO CARS GO!!

    by Six Demon Bag

    ruined..i'll have to watch it when i get home

  • March 25, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by JuntMonkey

    Your civil post just now in the middle of a flame war has made me more teary-eyed than the trailer itself.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST



    This fucking thing's been in production soo long that I'm fucking sick of hearing about it just like Avatar!!!

  • March 25, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Let the wild rumpus begin.

    by natecore

    this is all the sentence you need to flesh this movie out. We also know nothing about his Mother, so all that can be created too. and Max wasn't a brat from beginning to end. You can argue how much of a brat is is at the beginning and middle, but he turns when he realizes he was "lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all." This is a perfect trailer.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The book

    by Lingerdog

    was only ten sentences long, and the kid was just dressed as a wolf and was chasing the dog with a fork, that's why he got sent to bed without dinner and why he came up with this whole imagined land. I said unreserved imagination talking about the kid, not necessarily that the movie will deliver on that, but I watch my son and see him playing in his on little imaginary world and can't see what he can in his mind, I think it would be to much to try to make it exactly like the book as far as "colorful landscapes" go, thats part of the point, there is the real world and imagination, and no matter what we imagine, it never get's brought fully to realization in the real world, why do you think painters and composers never stop pursuing the masterpiece, because they can see it and feel it inside themselves, but in the real world it never quite becomes what they had imagined. When's the lost tb gonna be up by the by?

  • March 25, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    JuntMonkey- Are we not men?

    by shran

    We are DeVo. You started your part in this discussion with a wish for all of us to die. Civility is difficult to achieve under those circumstances. I did appreciate your more lucid comment as to what you didn't like about the trailer much more. Even though you are wrong.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    because "deep, meaningful, emotional garbage"

    by Jackie Boy

    is just for fags and intellectual types anyways.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Children of the 80's

    by KevinMuller

    I think this is going to be a hit amongst people born in the 80's like myself. This reminds me of Labyrinth, Never ending story and all other children adventure movies from that time. I love that Spike decided not to CGI the wild things because it makes it just seem more real. I think we have something special on that way.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    LOST feedback please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by PapaKin


  • March 25, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    dear fuckin retards

    by Kenny_Fuckin_Powers

    i am a fictional character and you cannot pour hashish into your eyeball. also you will never get laid by beautiful women cause im fucking them all. now tell hbo i deserve a second season.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Really the worst thing that Danny Glover Dick Blood has ever don

    by DrBrianOblivion

    Is give a rise to all these creepy thin man and who ever the fuck else....who bring all this crazy unjustified fake rage, but with none of the funny....I think he should apologize to all of us for what he has created.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    and yes i am fuckin dangerous

    by Kenny_Fuckin_Powers

    one hundred one mile per hour fastball, fuck yeah im dangerous. you should see what my cock can do.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Trailer on Apple

    by TheBlackKnight

    In GLORIOUS QUICKTIME thewildthingsare/

  • March 25, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Sorry, way late. Forgot to refresh talkback.

    by TheBlackKnight

  • March 25, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    looks kinda shit

    by chipps

    hope it is better than the trailer

  • March 25, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

  • March 25, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    It's nice to see...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ..a majority of the folks here agreing with how awesome this trailer is. That's something you don't see everyday.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Marvellous. Absolutely fucking marvellous.

    by BiggusDickus

    I can't wait to see this with my daughter. Spike looks like he's knocked this one for six.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by ScotFree

    Oh, sorry...let's just throw out the entire idea/plot/charm of the original story to rectify your displeasure. Our bad.

  • March 25, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by purplepurple

    The creatures look so huggable and real. Damn I feel like a kid again, wonderful things movies are..

  • March 25, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    The monster suits look a little off...

    by The Eskimo

    They should've gone with CGI. What were they thinking?

  • March 25, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    "Deep, meaningful, emotional garbage"...

    by Outlaw

    Wow, now tell me, how does it feel being a rocket scientist...?

  • March 25, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Really Eskimo? That's not sarcasm there?

    by D.Vader

    You'd rather have obvious CGI over full bodied Muppets?

  • March 25, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by BrightEyes

    Best trailer since The Dark Knight! and to ever asked no that is not the original version of Wake Up, it seems to be a remixed one.

  • March 25, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    I've got an uneasy feeling about this one.

    by LoneGun

    Nice to see all the love for the trailer. Wish I could feel it, too. But there's just not enough here that seems promising of a good movie. It's a short feel-good music video, with almost no lines of dialogue. I don't get any sense of enchantment by the "wild things" shown. Frankly, I think they look a bit cheesy. Of course, I'll suspend any real judgement about it until the film itself is released. I do hope it's good.

  • March 25, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Fantastic trailer. This movie wasn't even on my radar

    by CreasyBear

    until now. And on a side-note regarding some of the content in this trailer, I feel sorry for any stepfathers out there who love and care for their stepkids, but who will forever be the worthless intruder in the house as far as the kids are concerned. In movies, the stepdads are always either stupid (Liar, Liar) or evil (that one Vince Vaughn / Travolta movie, for example).

  • March 25, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Or they're Terry O'Quinn

    by D.Vader

  • March 25, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by The Eskimo

    Yeah, mucho sarcasm about the CGI...I have always called for a return for movies made like Dark Crystal, original Star Wars, or what have you...but I AM a little concerned about the monster costumes. I dunno, they just look a little too "theme-parky" in some scenes, especially the one where the kid and the monster with the big nose are running. You can almost see the head piece bobbing up and down. I guess maybe years of CGI effects have jaded some aspects of live action for me...but hopefully this movie will start a trend back to live action effects.

  • March 25, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by Clavius

    God bless you Spike for keeping it old-school. I'm sure there will be some CG in this, but the Wild Things look incredible.

  • March 25, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Geez, I'm a plant

    by shran

    Or at least I sound like one. But if you look closely at the illustrations of the monsters in the book, they almost look as if they are people in monster suits. I mean, look at the heads. It's like someone in a costume with the visible seam at the neck. I think it was really smart of Jonze to go with the real route as opposed to the CGI one. For the record, the book was something I really enjoyed as a kid and perhaps I am too quick to jump to it's defense, but there it is.

  • March 25, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    That looks so good. I got goosebumps watching that. I can already tell this will probably be a new classic my son will look back on.

  • March 25, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I just got teary eyed

    by StrokerX

    This looks like the greatest movie ever made. <p> Ever. <p> Count me in.

  • March 25, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Best Trailer of the Year so Far

    by ZooTrain

    The music by the Arcade Fire. The pacing of the trailer. I got chills, I got misty. Oh, my God. What a great fucking trailer.

  • March 25, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by ZooTrain

    And I'm glad the cynics stayed home today.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Whats up with the music? bizzarely innapropraite

    by quantize

    starts off ok but by the time it goes into the other time signature its just fucking annoying

  • March 25, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    It looks great and all, but......

    by earl of sandwich

    If all it takes is a fucking Arcade Fire song to get you geeks THIS excited, Jesus Christ, what's gonna happen when Sophia Coppola or Wes Anderson release the trailer for their next movie? Zing! That being said, as a father of a 5 year old boy named Max, this movie will undeniably make me ball like a baby.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    ...oh thats Arcade Fire? fuck thats horrible

    by quantize

    really..fuck that folk rock shit

  • March 25, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Trailer has an air of desperation about it

    by Giario

    Hopefully that trailer completely misrepresents the film as it seemed very safe and disappointingly mainstream. I always panic a touch when a trailer has a couple of lines of dialogue and then turns into a bombastic music video though in this case I suspect it's to hide a great little film from the masses who 'just want to be entertained' by inconsequential spectacle. Very fucking dreadful trailer in my opinion. When the phrase leading to the word 'HOPE' appeared on screen I felt a bit uneasy. And was it actually The Polyphonic Spree shrieking away on the soundtrack? Sounded like them. Honestly, I can't imagine for a moment that a film by Spike Jonze needs this sort of shit. This had to be a studio-sanctioned, edited, etcetera trailer and all it suggests is that they're worried. They needn't be. The film has a built-in audience and it's directed by Spike Jonze. Even if it's not a monster-hit it will still do very well. So everyone calm down is all I'm saying. There's absolutely no need to try and make people think it's Harry Potter.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Arcade Fire then.

    by Giario

    I'm not ashamed to not know that.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I got a touch misty too...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    Regarding the wild things' costumes, as I recall -- although they are people in suits -- I seem to remember reading that they ended up CG-ing the faces, as the puppet faces just weren't delivering the performances. If true, it looks to be some of the best CGI ever created.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    If you can't let the child in you get behind this...

    by JackLucas

    then you really should just go draw a warm bath, call whoever it is in your life that may care a bit about your hollow shelled ass, and let the razor do the walking down your fat pork arm. Because you are walking around dead inside right now if that trailer didn't make you giddy.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Not excited

    by Ashen Shugar

    Ok I have not read the book. So very very honestly the edit of the fantastic Arcade Fire song sucks, the wild things are much too muppety, nothing seems to happen in that trailer, even the overall feeling is a tad meh. I believe all this excitement is more nostalgia induced than an objective pov. So I want to see more because I love Jonze and this book seems very important, but you know what happens when you get your expectations higher.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST



    I check out the IMDB and this fucking thing's been in production for at least three years!?! What the fuck is Jonze doing? I'm guessing that the original story was soo thin that they've spent that time padding it with subplots and all sorts of other shit. The time sure as fuck wasnt spent on the creatures!!!

  • March 25, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    wheres the squid!!!!!!!

    by stringerbell

    but seriously this looks like magic and the potential to be film of the year already and spike jones hasnt made a bad movie yet !

  • March 25, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    That Looked Amazing

    by DKT

    GREAT trailer. Arcade Fire was a nice (if suprising) touch. Here's hoping the movie delivers on that trailers promise.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I would watch all of the trailer...

    by tendermelon

    ...because I love Spike Jonze but I hate the Arcade Fire so fuck that shit.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    That does nothing for me...

    by gringostar

  • March 25, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    TrollMonkey is a junt

    by The Ref

  • March 25, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    No Cars Go

    by amrcanpoet

    No Cars Go would have actually made a better choice, though Wake Up's not too shabby either.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    No One Makes Trailers Like That Anymore!!!

    by PapaKin

    Wow!!! Loved the book as a child but still wasn't incredibly excited about the movie... until today. I always give my girlfriend shit for watching Ellen, but today I eat crow.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    re: No Cars Go...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I mostly listen to older music...but No Cars Go has probably been my single favorite song since Neon Bible came out.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Re: Children of the 80s

    by LegoKenobi

    KevinMuller, the book was published in 1963. it actually appeals to more generations than you think. : )

  • March 25, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    No Cars Go?

    by D.Vader

    I prefer Intervention if I had to pick one single from that album.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by redfishbluefish

  • March 25, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Re: Children of the 80s

    by PapaKin

    I think he was referring to the visual style of the film more than the story itself. It certainly feels like visual tip of the hat to Jim Henson.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I didn't mean from Neon Bible...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I meant currently existing in the universe. Intervention is good too though....

  • March 25, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    ... dang, that enter key!!!

    by redfishbluefish

    That trailer was a little bit of magic. Can't wait to see this.

  • March 25, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    No cars go

    by Ashen Shugar

    Please listen to the original version, not that shitty reboot in Neon Bible. And for a trailer just put headlights look like diamonds you'll get goosebumps all the way.

  • March 25, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by gringostar

    This is a 2 hour movie based upon a book that takes 7 minutes to read. I fail to see how the spirit of this story when expanded to accommodate a feature length script (which appears to be aimed at adults) is going to in any way resemble the source from which it came (other than the artistic component). So explain to me why you are so giddy??? Perhaps it is gas.

  • March 25, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    The world was a better place...

    by Anti-fanboy

    ...while that trailer was playing.

  • March 25, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Ashen Shugar...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I refuse to hate the Neon Bible version just because it's new. Maybe you don't deserve to go where No Cars Go. When the time comes it will be "women and children...LETS GO"...and "...old folks...LETS GO"...and "Ashen Shugar...YOU STAY THE FUCK HOME, YOU DON'T GET TO COME!" Oh, and I read those books as a kid...Thomas. (that was the guys name...right?)

  • March 25, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    DrBrianOblivion -- I agree.


    You think I enjoy all these cunts jockin' my shit? Fuck that. They're not entertaining in the slightest. They're just cheap imitations. <P> For the recent tidal wave of unoriginal douchebags-- I do apologize.

  • March 25, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST



    Anyone disagree? Go check out Observe and Report on opening day, followed by an hour long hand fuck session. Continue financing mediocrity you dumb shits.

  • March 25, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I stand in awe

    by Furan

    ... to what work of art spike jonze will complete against all odds. I'm an emotional person ... but this trailer filled up my eyes with tears way tooo fast.

  • March 25, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Well, looks great. As to be expected...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Looks alot like the test footage. Very interesting trailer for a childrens movie. I expect it to be a massive flop of course. This generation is more in tune with Monsters Vs. Aliens.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    "the wild things are much too muppety"

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    See what I mean by retards?

  • March 25, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Except Bridge was a fucking retarded wannabe My Girl. They escaped into shitty film land. You keep you're crappy half assed Walden Media release for tards, I'll wait for a genuine film, thanks.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I stand corrected

    by aleeminator

    I do

  • March 25, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    re: No Cars Go

    by Six Demon Bag

    as stated before, it would be better...but this actually works with the visuals. WINDOWSILL is the best song on Neon Bible by th way

  • March 25, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    -> Quantize...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    "really..fuck that folk rock shit". LOL. SEE WHAT I MEAN? Culturally retarded pig people. This is why Paul Blart is a fucking hit. I wonder how people so obviously disgusted by anything creative or interesting manage to find their way to a talkback on a niche film site. Shouldn't you be on a CSI: Miami board somewhere?

  • March 25, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Blind or retarded? Thats very obviously a trailer either compiled by or sanctioned by Spike Jonze, and about as far removed from a safe studio trailer for a kids film as you can get.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    I agree. This trailer made me very emotional.


    I grew up in the 80s-- and I felt like a kid all over again. Spike is the perfect guy to capture the spirit of adventure of being a kid. Fucking amazing trailer.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    No, the best song is...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Keep The Car Running or Anti Christ Television Blues.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I'm not gonna read jack shit in this TB. This will fucking rule


  • March 25, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Ocean Of Noise has to be top three though...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...damn that's a good album.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST people still say "album"?

    by FlickaPoo

    ...Oh, who cares. I have the flu.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by alice 13

  • March 25, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by F69

    It takes you seven minutes to read 338 words?

  • March 25, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Album before download anyday

    by Six Demon Bag

    Neon Bible is consistent thru and thru

  • March 25, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    this trailer actually made me tear up

    by walrusholder

    I thought you guys were beign over emotional fan boys but I just watched this with my wife with my eight month old son sitting in my lap and it really got me. I hope this movie is as good as the trailer.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna have to be reaaaal hiiiigh! When I see this movie.

    by Orionsangels

  • March 25, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    1, 2, 3...

    by Sal_Bando


  • March 25, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Sal_Bando

    This you K*N*O*W* to be True.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Looks good

    by kjmad25

    Really liked this story as a kid. Man that kid was mischievous... looks like the movie will do it justice.

  • March 25, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Visually Cool, but I dont care about this movie

    by ass clown

    Dont get me wrong, I think the monsters look amazing as does the kid in the bunny costume, but come on, this movie is based off artwork, not a story. The book Where the Wild Things Are is a worthless story that only drew interest and a cult following because of the amazing illustrations. This preview show a story that been done a thousand times over, a little boy escapes the horror of his family and is whisked away into a magical land of adventure. I am intrigued with the attachment of Spike Jonze to this, but I often don't flow on the same wavelength of his. The man is creative, but his sense of humor is a little off. I just think back to John Malkovich and the 13 1/2 floor and British style of humor. I say, show me a trailer with some clips of acting and hints of an actual story or Im not going to this one.

  • March 25, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by Impevan


  • March 25, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Arcade Fire

    by Impevan

    rules. Both albums are incredible, and they are even better live. This trailer gave me the chills....

  • March 25, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Why do you guys get so emotional?

    by schnipple

    The trailer looks okay. It could be a good film, but we have no idea how they extended a short picture oriented children's book into a feature. I think the monsters look like puppets and not in a good way. I'm also not that crazy about the aesthetics of the island environment, it looks ho-hum. If a few lens flares and film stock that looks like Fuji from the 70s with a little handheld makes you get misty eyed before you even know if the emotional arc of the film works, then you need to ask yourself your relationship with the hype machine. Why do you care so much before even seeing if the film is any good? If you guys cannot start being objective, then our film culture will continually go down this drain of building buzz through MARKETING for the opening weekend. "Knowing" a good opening weekend does not mean a good film. Please try to control your emotions. You faggot pussies.

  • March 25, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    A little to Indie, a little too real

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    I guess I am the only one who does not like the direction they took this movie. The book had such a fantastic, other-worldly feel to it with the dark colors and the interesting looking forest and trees. This looks like it was shot in a park. In MY world. I always assumed where the wild things actually were was a world of a child's imagination, not a local dog park. And please, let's lose the ever-so-cool indie/emo music.

  • March 25, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST



    and Quicktime is not glorious you fuckin dickheads

  • March 25, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    That's just killer

    by Larry of Arabia

    Seriously. It is very true to the book in that the Wild Things are the emotional mirror of Sam. I'm so, so excited.

  • March 25, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    It was glorious back in the day when the slogan started.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Back when the choices were streaming 56k .wmv vs. Quicktime. Back when AICN had news.

  • March 25, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    The Hero Cycle

    by Maceox

    The book is a classic example of Joseph Campbell's Hero from The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Hero leaves the real world, enters into the initiation where he encounters his own subconcious, tames the wild things (which dwell within himself), loses innocence (hence the wonderfull sadness created by the story) as he is reborn into a more mature self, and he returns to the normal world where he is rewarded for taming the wild things with dinner from his mother (goddess). You got the crossing of water etc. I use this book in my A.P. Literature class to illustrate the basic ideas of The Hero Cycle. Oh and love the trailer!

  • March 25, 2009, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by Maceox

    OOps Subconscious Wonderful

  • Then this one is going to be great. Apparently, the Island of the Wild Things is a metaphor for his ADHD. Instead of ending with Max getting his supper and it was still warm, it will end teary eyed as Max forgets the Wild Things because now he has his Ritalin.

  • March 25, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    One banana Two banana Three banana four...

    by Xian042


  • March 25, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Fucking masterpiece come Nov. Jonze should get

    by GQtaste

    the props QT, Rodriquez, Del Toro, dude from lord of the rings etc. This guy is like PTA, David O. Russell, David Fincher, dude from Election, Sideways. Those are the masters of their generation. Yes, QT had the nineties,but these other guys are the fucking shit!

  • March 25, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Little CGI, thank God!

    by Darth_Kaos

    I know they're using CGI for the faces, but I'm glad they went with suits instead of 100% CGI. getting tired of CGI. But It looks cool. Not sure I'll see it at the theater. A Netflix rent for sure.

  • March 25, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    re: Maceox

    by Ingeld

    To add to your reading, you may wish to include how the text and images in the picture book battle each other for control. As Max employs his imagination to escape, the illustrations get bigger and eventually push the text to the side, then to the bottom and then off the page. When Max descends into his wild rumpus, he becomes a a complete wild thing devoid of language--no text appear for four pages as the illustrations fill everything. It is not until he is reminded of home do the words appear and begin pushing the images back. The final page of the book has no image--just words. His journey back from the world of imagination is complete.

  • March 25, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    B.e.a. utiful

    by JoeSixPack

    That was one of the most wonderful trailers I have ever seen. I was scared for the project after so many setbacks, but it appears the film pulled through. Spike Jonze is the man.

  • March 25, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by Maceox

    Thanks for the new facet. Amazing!

  • March 25, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Too bad Charlie Kaufman didn't write this

    by axel fff

    Spike + Charlie = good stuff. <p> Trailer looks alright, but nothing to jizz over like some of these posts would have you think.

  • March 25, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST

    WTF? You guys are nuts!!!

    by D.Vader

    Its INTERVENTION for best song off Neon Bible! <p> And if you're talking about Funeral, its Tunnels for the win (though who am I kidding, EVERY song on that album is brilliant. Its Neon Bible where you have to pick and choose).

  • March 25, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I knew Megan's cunt had good taste.....


    ....keep swallowing my penis whole you fucking whore.

  • March 25, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Funeral>Neon Bible

    by D.Vader

    To use the symbols kids nowadays use.

  • March 25, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Holy crap!

    by Ye Not Guilty

    That is awesome. I felt like a kid again. Can't wait to see it now.

  • March 25, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

  • March 25, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    More like Funeral<Neon Bible.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    I don't know. When I saw them live it was a Neon Bible heavy set list.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Arcade Fire need come Houston asap

    by Six Demon Bag

  • March 25, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Neon Bible didn't live up to the expectations...

    by D.Vader

    After I fell in love with every song on "Funeral". I was very disappointed with "Bible", though I've grown to love most of it since its release. Funeral is still tops, though, especially for having a very consistent theme throughout. Reminds me of a concept album like "Dark Side of the Moon" in that respect.

  • March 25, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Ignore The Haters

    by Pogue__Mahone

    Wonderful trailer!

  • March 25, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Well, I would say S.Jonze is a flaming asshole for even trying t

    by Commander Rah

    It doesn't look too bad, eh>?

  • March 25, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    H.R. Pufnstuf meets indie rock

    by GunterMonkey

    And I mean that kindly...What a wonderful fact, one of the best I've ever seen...

  • March 25, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    isnt the movie changing the point of the book?

    by bacci40

    max in the book is no older than 5 or he looks at least 12<p>the book is about a child's temper tantrum...with the ever growing forrest and the monsters of manifestations of the tantrum<P> it will probably be a good movie, but it seems that it will now be about a child accepting that his mother can indeed love the new bf while loving him<P> not really that thrilled by the new plot point

  • March 25, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    That's the best trailer I've ever seen

    by WolfmanNards

    This movie is a movie

  • March 25, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Don't ever direct me to Ellen Degeneress' website

    by Particularly Hard Vato


  • March 25, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I don't get the love for this

    by Adelai Niska

    It looked pretty neat, but why does eveyone love it so much? I can't possibly understand how they ever decided to market a KIDS MOVIE with indie rock. It's like selling pro wrestling with a Srah McLaughlin song. Honestly, before I came to the talkback I expected everyone to comment on how this trailer is such a bad fit for what the material was. Guess this place can still surprise...

  • March 25, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    The music is such a punk ass complaint....


    ....doesn't sound like a kid's movie? What the fuck sounds like a kids movie, "Who Let The Dogs Out?" or a Randy Newman song? I don't get it. So in order to be on the level of a "Kids Movie Trailer" the music has to suck ass? <P>Where The Wild Things Are is better than that. Its always been for the cool kids. Everyone else can suck my cock.

  • March 25, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Came for the Men in Suits reference...

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    ...leaves happy.

  • March 26, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    That was mesmerizing....

    by TheWaqman

    Trailer of the year! (so far of course). Also love the alternate version of Wake Up. Seriously now that's a good trailer.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    DANNY of course I have good taste babes


    I'm swallowing you every night aren't I?<p> And this does indeed look like it could be a classic, I think Jonze should do The Great Glass Elevator and piss all over Burtons Emo centred chocolatey poo

  • March 26, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Arcade Fire and retards...

    by Ashen Shugar

    Ok first on the music, yes Funeral is a bazillion times better than Neon Bible, Yes on Neon Bible only a few songs are really good, not great, both best songs are Windowsill and AntiChrist,Yes the Arcade Fire rules live but you need some very very good accoustics. Then NO I refuse to be treated as a retard (Ben Stiller you know who you are) because I find those monsters look like muppets (you know those big hairy things from Sesame street).

  • March 26, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Looks great, and the aesthetic is very much

    by Dingbatty

    80's Henson-esque. Hopefully this, and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in November (and possibly the Fraggle Rock movie) will kick the shit out of soulless Pixar releases, for time to come.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    The CG on the faces is amazing

    by Projectedlight

    This, Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have the most convincing CG implemented to date. Besides that, it looks gorgeous. The kid, the creatures, the atmosphere seem to feel just right. Side note: first 20 seconds or so reminded me of Malick's 'The New World'.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    wtf are you people on about "Kids Movie?"

    by jigsaw

    could the color scheme and Arcade Fire be anymore obvious w/r/t the intended audience? Where The Wild Things Are is probably the poster story for the Indie generation, it's like the bible for kids who want to be Animal Collective and pretend their Williamsburg apartment is a wild jungle. Spike Jonze is directing this for chrissakes! How many more signifiers do you need? Spike can pretend all he wants (and convince the suits) that this is a kid's movie, but it's pretty obviously aimed at the kidult set (shit I hate that word).

  • March 26, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    You can all thank Tom Hanks

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    WB wanted him off the picture 18 months ago because they didn't get it. Thanks to Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman at Playtone, Spike got final cut on this sucker. Oh, and the monsters are a hybrid man in suit/CGI.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Doesn't do anything for me.

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    Nothing. That was my reaction to the trailer. Nothing. I don't like the look, I think it looks flat and inert. And like Emperor_was_a_jerk said, it looks like it was shot in a park, not in a magical/fantastical world with giant monsters roaming about. <br><br> I'll hold judgment till seeing the film itself, but the trailer itself? Ho-hum.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    I'm really hoping

    by criticalbliss

    this is good. The trailer put me back on board here, despite some of the negative things we've heard.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST


    by Anti-fanboy

    Your post doesn't do anything for me. Nothing. That was my reaction to your post. Nothing. I think you probably look fat and inert. It looks like you should take a walk in a park, and stop talking about a magical/fantastical world with giant monsters roaming about.<br><br>I'll pass judgement now, since I'll never see you, but the trailer itself? Goosebumps.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST


    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    You should reevaluate your user name. Unless it's *meant* to be completely ironic. Like a fat guy named Slim or Tiny. What you just did there? Your little passive agressive hissy fit because I think THE LOOK of the trailer (read: not the film itself) is flat and mundane? That's fanboy 101, baby.<br><br> You should be learn to be less insecure about your opinions. THEY MATTER! Just because some massively good looking stranger on the internet disagrees with you, that doesn't mean you're wrong!<br><br> I would cut down on the paint chips if I were you, though. That shit'll stunt your growth.<br><br> Hugs and kisses, Dom

  • March 26, 2009, 3:30 a.m. CST


    by StrokerX

    Yeah cause parks have giant skyscraper sized globular nests.<p> this looks like pure magic and I cant wait.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Looks good...

    by CaseyMcCall

    But will never top 50 million at the US boxoffice. Flop it is. Next!

  • March 26, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Is that Andy Partridge on the soundtrack

    by Boba Fat

    About time he got his hands on something like this if it is. He's rejected James and the Giant Peach songs are great, he's great. The British Brian Wilson I reckon and criminally underrated.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    i reckon it looks good

    by Potatino

    even though i'm a cynical old fuddy duddy I think this looks really really good... although that young people music in the trailer... bleh!

  • March 26, 2009, 4:34 a.m. CST


    by Kinemaniac

    Never read the book, but this is one of the most beautiful (wild) things I've seen in a long time.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST

    dont worry if it is a flop

    by Potatino

    if it doesnt make much money one of the writers can always sends us a whiney letter teling us how worthy it is and how they are true fans of the work too and how you have to watch it again on the second weekend to support worthy fanmade art!

  • March 26, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    I'm older than the indie music gen (more post-punk, [old-wave], original goth), but the indie music gen isn't so green, any more. They are old enough to have kids, and -- I'm willing to bet -- those kids listen to their parents' music, along with stuff targeted at their range, just as I had no choice but to listen to what my parents born in the 40's played around the house.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST


    by indyit

    Is that a cricket reference? xD And as for the trailer...looks amazing. I can understand how the trailer might not do it for some people, but it's exactly what I hoped for. I can understand the point where people don't find the land to be as "magical"/"wild" or whatever...but I think this is an incredibly interesting aesthetic... it's unique as far as kid movies goes...and I think that's a great thing.

  • March 26, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    join to meet a sexy&hot girl or a wealthy guy f

    by iamalice1

    join to meet a sexy&hot girl or a wealthy guy for love or for fun!

  • March 26, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST


    by redfist


  • March 26, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Beautiful trailer. Wonderfully Spike Jonze-y!

    by a goonie

    This movie looks great. Jonze's stamp is all over it and yet it still feels wonderfully connected to Sendak's book. The imagery is great and the whole thing makes me very happy to finally see this coming together.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty good

    by Abominable Snowcone

    especially the final shot of the monsters on the embankment howling into the sunset, just like that panel from the book.<p> I'm not sure what all that other shit was about--the book actually isn't that long, so I guess you'd have to invent some other stuff. I'm looking forward to it.<p> I'd have loved it if Jean Sheppard were still alive to narrate it. I'd fucking come.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Here's a serious question.

    by earl of sandwich

    When did this type of juxtaposition of "hip" music over a film trailer become such an tool in the marketing plan? I mean Tarantino always picked songs that became hip AFTER he used them, because of the imagery that he juxtaposed with those familiar but "forgotten" oldies. But clearly the Arcade Fire choice has hit a chord with lots of people. Great for you, fan of that band! I just wonder what composers think when they see trailers like that. Does John Williams say "Shit! Good song choice, couldn't of done it better myself!" I blame Moby & the O.C.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by earl of sandwich

    JEAN SHEPPARD! There are three peoples voices in this world I love. Sterling Holloway, David Attenborough and Jean Sheppard. While I love Sheppard's voice, there's almost too much of a "smile" in it to do this story justice, if that makes any sense. Maybe the Frontline guy? Joking....joking.

  • March 26, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Dominic-Vobiscum we are in the minority here!

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    "Where the Wild Things Are" is a picture book. It is popular, timeless and amazing because of what it LOOKS like. And this thing just doesn't look like it.It's amazing how spot-on and perfect they got the Wild Things part, but how wrong they got the "where..." part. As always, if its entertaining then that is great. But it would have been great to see the world we all grew up with come to life on the screen. Say what you will about The Grinch, they got the world right.

  • March 26, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Not 2D? Not even CGI? Just bigass furry Muppet suits??? WTF???

    by FeralAngel

    Man, Sendak got ripped. This trailer did give me a chuckle, but since I did so while shaking my head, that doesn't say much. I can just see the kids squirming in those theater seats, wondering why Big Bird isn't in this movie. I can see their parents thinking: "Why can't they make kids' movies the way 'The Wizard of Oz' was made? With color? With heart? With catchy music, instead of this lameass rock shit?' Oh, yeah, this is a winner. *snort*

  • March 26, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    See this is how you adapt a property.

    by jarjarmessiah

    The Wild Thingss look like the Wild Things. No flames,No Heavy CGI battle suits, no nipples, no making the wild things giant egg laying iguanas. And No Halley Berrie!

  • March 26, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    As for Ellen: a lesbian crying over puppies

    by FeralAngel

    ...isn't as adorable as it sounds. I'd rather watch Rosie O'Donnell, who wore her bitchy lesbian meanassedness on her sleeve - at least on the View...

  • March 26, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Look at them giant puppets heads wobble! Fun!!!

    by FeralAngel

    Seriously, the things look okay as long as the body wearing them doesn't move. After that the jig is up. LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMME.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Quite lovely.

    by Mr Gorilla

  • March 26, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    how can a person who visits a site like this claim to enjoy films? If you dont like the trailer, odds are you wont like the film. I can't recall a kickass film that had a shitty trailer. Kickass films are awesome trailers cause their awesomeness is compressed into 2 minutes. anyone can make a shitty film look somewhat okay for 2 minutes with the right editing. you may not like the trailer but youd be wrong. Spike is 2 for 2 in my book. This looks like another good one.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Add me to the teared-up list...

    by Huffy_Henry

    and I only watched it because I was curious, no particular excitement about the movie. But as soon as the trailer ended, I actually almost cried. Jesus... better add this to my discuss-with-therapist list.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Maybe its too much NCAA basketball

    by BanditDarville

    but I felt like I was watching that ESPN battle of the college mascots bit. Maybe Spike will have the South Carolina Gamecock pop out and lay an egg on Gandolfini's head. Looks gorgeous though.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by Cap'n Jack

    If you are putting the Grinch even anywhere near this beautiful film, then you are an idiot. and a douche.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Grow up

    by Ricky_Gervais

    If you are seriously excited by the prospect of seeing this film then you need to grow up and get a life. Just because you all still live with your mothers doesn't mean you're all still children. 'Ooh, look at the furry monsters! Look at them spinning around!' Unbelievable. Take your Obi-Wan outfit and your Wolverine claws, stick them in the bin, and grow the fuck up.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    'Twas indeed a cricket reference, old boy! I'm English, so 'knock it out of the park' doesn't really work for me as we don't have Baseball over here.<p>Well, we do, but it's called 'Rounders' and only our pre-teen schoolgirls play it...

  • March 26, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    For everyone that got even slightly emotional...


    ...I'm so happy that this has the same feel to it as The Fall which is highly underrated and "presented by" Spike Jonze. If you haven't seen it, do it now and you'll be even more excited about WTWTA. Jonze definitely knows what kind of stories can tap into people's emotions in the right ways. This is how movies should be made.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    If this is succesful, they'll be making more . . .

    by Ingeld

    I can see the epic movie version of "Make Way for Ducklings" or "Are You My Mother?" Better yet, the two hour epic release of "The Little Train that Could." Instant classics all.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Jim Henson is looking down from above

    by skimn

    with a big fucking grin on his face.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I may just cry

    by Gorrek

    First off amazing. I got shivers, and October can't come quick enough. They probably debuted it on Ellen because of all the bad press it's been getting about how 'dark' and 'scary' the movie is (which is fine with me!). But show the trailer on a family-oriented, daytime talk show, and worried parents are no longer worried.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    The best part

    by shran

    is the fact that the haters won't be in the theater. I'll be surrounded by a bunch of kids (fine by me, it's why I have kids. They're fun to have around and relearn the world with.) and like minded adults who remember some of things that were special about their childhoods. And of course if there are haters who are there then I get to have a good laugh at a bunch of stupid suckers who paid about $10 to see a movie they don't get. Pretty sad when you can't comprehend the meaning of a movie based on a 10 page book.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by Anti-fanboy

    Just having a little fun with your post. Glad you're massively good-looking.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Killer trailer

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Really affecting. Second most eagerly awaited film of the year. Behind the 'tar.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    4, 5, 6...

    by Sal_Bando


  • March 26, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    There is a reason ALL MUSIC no PERFORMANCE

    by noncents

    The trailer is a music video because that is the only way they can sell it. Beloved is right. Those bastards better deliver.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I don't like how Jonze renamed the wild things

    by HerbWestAustin

    Carol? come on, that's a horrible name. It should be Moishe, and the bull is named Benard. That's the only letdown.

  • March 26, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    this movie will be amazing

    by Kloipy

    I can't wait

  • March 26, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    If you can remember enough about a book that was read to you as a child to nitpick the liberties taken in the film adaptation 20 odd years later... Your brain is fundamentally miswired and possibly damaged. If I spilled most of a box toothpicks on the ground, could you tell me how many were still in the box? Are you late for Wapner?

  • March 26, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    If you are planning to study this text again before seeing the movie, there damn well better be a sniffling googly eyed critter beside you which you somewhat resemble.

  • March 26, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by NaryChode

    I don't know how they are going to make a 90 min. plot that lives up to the awesome beautiful washed out cinematography, but even if the story line sucks, I can watch it on mute with Neon Bible and Funeral back to back in my earphones.

  • March 26, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    simply brilliant.

    by vaudeville villain

    mr. jonze, congratulations on making the best film of 2009. and before you ask, YES... i *do* have a crystal ball, and it has foretold as much. so nyah, nyah, nyah!<p> oh, and the use of 'wake up' is a great touch.

  • March 26, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by NaryChode

    ...anyon notice Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is the music coordinator, this is going to sound like Brigitte Bardot and Joan Jett going down on your ears.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by Nobody_Touches_Buddy_Revell

  • March 27, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Lovely trailer, shame the film most likely...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Wont deliver. After having read through all the behind the scenes nonsense and interviews, it seems like the very things this trailer promise have been gutted from the film by the studio. Hopefully Jonze is isn't ass fucked too hard on this, and we get to see something closer to his real version on screen. Oh, and unlike most talkbacks where every criticism I've seen of a trailer has been 50 per cent retarded, ALL the critcisms thus far have been 100 per cent retarded. The music isn't kids movie music? What the fuck are you talking about? Is there some sort of trans-national U.N. backed pact that only allows you to play a song from a pre specified list of children appropriate music? The wild things look too real? Because you all want them to look, like, what exactly...bad cartoons? Dominic-Vobiscum, its not an opinion for you to state the look of the film is flat and mundane. Its just an incorrect statement. I'm not disagreeing with your opinion. I'm telling you that you are wrong. The only way for it to be an opinion is if you are legally blind or a giant fucking retard. I'm betting on the latter.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    can you say sucks?

    by Nizzuts

    the music they picked for the trailer...retarded. I'm still pissed they are trying to make this a movie. You heard it here folks, this will suck big time. It won't be as cool as the book was when you are a kid. The story you imagined in your mind? Not going to be in the movie. Once you're all done sucking Spike Jones' cock, you can go ahead and flame me.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Looks Positively Dreadful - Empty Theaters

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    The monsters look like they came out of an 80s movie - remember that era when everyone figured out how to do servo-controlled masks and we got dozens and dozens of cheaply-made animatronic critter flicks? The nadir was WARRIORS OF VIRTUE, a whole movie made to promote and sell a toy line that never even got off the ground as an investment/tax write-off. The music, style, editing, font, clips etc. suggest a movie for adults (wow, parents drinking wine - that'll get the kids into the multiplex more than G-FORCE - the hamster one). But adults won't go to a movie about a kid. It's been proved a dozen times lately. Kids over twelve will avoid this like a poison. And young kids will be absoflaking terrified of these big giant monsters. Can you even BEGIN to imagine the carnage that will go on the first weekend when unsuspecting parents bring their little tykes to this and the kids are screaming to get out of the theater lest the monsters pop off the screen with their too-realistic faces and voices and attack them? This is a disaster beyond disasters, and I can now understand completely why the studio wanted to bury this flick. What really bothers me is that the movie might be great - it looks like I'd enjoy it. However, it looks like it'll have the same box-office as THE DARJEELING LIMITED.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Oh, I Forgot -

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Watch the trailer at 1:19 for the shot of the kid running toward us with the monster on the left. Notice the completely blank, expressionless plastic face on the monster? They didn't give it any of the expressiveness you see in the close-ups. Expect this for most of the shots where people are moving, people.

  • March 27, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    And you see that same Wild Thing later

    by Dingbatty

    on with the same face which stretches into an expression later on. I fail to see why the faces have to constantly be twitching. Ludo in Labyrinth was clearly a human in suit/animatronic, but i was able to suspend disbelief back then. Grow an imagination. Sendak approved of Spike's take on his book.

  • March 27, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    axe that second "later on" from my sentence.

    by Dingbatty

    Typing late at night typos.

  • March 27, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    I couldn't give two fucks about the book. Didn't give a shit as a kid, don't give a shit now. So the film will have to try extra hard to make me think less of it. Thus, the faces are all CG. So, wrong on that count. Warriors Of Virtue is a shitty 90's movie, not 80's. As a film it looks less scary or upsetting than The Dark Crystal or Labrynth. Both immensely popular films. Perhaps your children, or your siblings are retarded? Massively sheltered? Also, most people aren't going to go through the trailer with a fine tooth comb, hence they won't notice the unfinished effects shots you describe. Thats why they are still, you know, working on the effects now. I know fat neck bearded virgin losers are angry when someone who has been designated as hip releases a product, but jesus you losers need to think up some actual critcisms. Like the fact that the kid doesn't look like a chubby spoiled brat, and in fact looks like Creepy Chan.

  • March 27, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Whiny / Dingbatty

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I wrote the VIRTUE bit, not Nizzuts. Also, if you look, my remark was that it started in the 80s and the nadir came with VIRTUE. IE, it got really bad and then VIRTUE and fortunately the trend ate itself and hasn't been back after that, thank goodness. Oh, and btw, Dingbatty, the expressionless faces in LABYRINTH annoyed the hell out of me.

  • March 27, 2009, 10 a.m. CST


    by shran

    re: scary movies and kids not wanting to see them.-----Two words for you: "Jurassic Park". That movie seemed to do OK at the box office. Give kids a little more credit. Monsters become even less scary when they are your friends.

  • March 27, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Looks like it's aimed at

    by Powerring

    Everyone under 10. Sesame-street looking guys in oversized teddy-bear suits. Looks like a completely cheap piece of shit, and I will go out of my way not to see it.

  • March 27, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    Your condescension reeks of critical studies, and not the good kind. Are you one of those prognosticators who analyze the weekly box office, or do you simply aspire to the nadir of the measuring stick the idiots in the industry currently use to gauge whether or not a film is any good: the box office totals. This is a fantastic looking film. I entirely disagree with you, being an adult without children. I will have my butt firmly placed in the theater the weekend it opens. Plus I will drag all my friends and colleagues to it since it will be a film conference weekend. This will achieve cult status if not a few academy awards. Which is about time. I have always loved Spike Jonze's work, and it does not look like he failed here, no matter what you may contend you supercilious, arrogant, intolerable squirrel.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I feel sorry for adults

    by Powerring

    without kids who go to see that. it speaks to their lack of maturity and intelligence. I would suspect they go so they can be in close proximity to children. They should be closely guarded by the theater personnel.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    this is a gay shitty book

    by Wee Willie

    That's only good because of the illustrations. This movie is going to blow whimsy all over your collective fanboy man-boobies.

  • March 27, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Whimsy Bukkake

    by Light_Tweaker

    Gooble Gobble, Gooble Gobble

  • March 27, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    No, it speaks to the adult's sense of wonder and willingness to experience something that looks new and profound. Children have nothing to do with it. But since you raised the issue, you clearly obsess over it constantly, and people should be on the lookout for you.

  • March 27, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by Powerring

    No, no, no. Don't project your obvious pedophilic desires onto me. You simply want to be in the same proximity as your intellectual peers and sexual partners.

  • March 27, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    Shows how much your armchair psychiatry has prepared you for the world. I haven't a single pedophilic desire in my body. I want to watch this film because its a Spike Jonze movie. You on the other hand are an insulting little toad who have no artistry in your soul, nor no sense of of the glorious or profound. You are a pitiful wart on the backside of the divine. I do not know what passes for cinematic awesomeness in your tiny decrepit armpit of the universe, and neither do I care. You are one of those jerks who clearly wish to watch the world burn. Is it fun being this negative? I shall not continue this any longer. But feel free to impugn me and mine, its clearly all your good for.

  • March 27, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by shran

    Huzzah to you!

  • March 27, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by mooseman765

    I could not be any more geeked to see a movie than this. I was a child of the seventies and absolutely loved this story as a child. I read this story to my eldest who is now an adult and to my youngest who are both 4. I feel through the trailer that Spike Jonze has captured the true innocence of the story. Yes Max was a brat in the beginning and during the middle but towards the end he changed. To all those criticizing that animactronics are bad. Not everything can to a Michael bay overstylized generic piece of bubblegum. Yes for every five Cat in the hats we have one of these films that makes even the most jaded and cynical beings feel young and noble. So rant on misanthropists if you must, but in the end you will have only our pity for having to lose out of the experience.

  • March 28, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by Nizzuts

    I didn't say anything about Dark Crystal, or Virtue or any of those other movies. Before you call someone a neck bearded virgin or call their kids retarded, make sure you got the wrong guy. Have a nice day ass hat.

  • March 28, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST

    You get Arcade Fire and TV on the Radio mixed up?

    by Bjornegar

    I suppose you have a hard time with condiments then, as well, and always end up with catsup on your waffles.<P> Anyone who confuses those two bands deserves to be left on a deserted island with an ipod loaded with only Styx songs. And, when the ipod runs dead, John Mayer and his acoustic guitar shipwreck on the island with you.<P> And, worst of all, no access to a movie screen to see "Where the Wild Things Are," which is sure to be one of the five best films of the year.

  • March 28, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    I'll be going to see it, and that will still only make me half as immature as someone who watches 99.9 per cent of television, including the "news". By the way, I don't go to childrens movies to be a sexual predator. I go to Hannah Montanna. Nizzuts. I stand corrected. But you're still bizarely a fat virgin with retarded kids. Also, if you had basic reading comprehension, you would see I wasn't addressing you. Hence the beginning of the sentance starting with someone elses handle. See what I mean about you being a retard? Oh, and whats wrong with Styx exactly?

  • March 28, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST

    where the wild things were

    by matthew_cyr

    did you not just feel young again? i watched this and remembered being a child again. finding that place in my heart that i cannot find as an adult. i pray that this movie will bring back that story. that place. i smiled from ear to ear. lost myself for a little over a minute. i couldn't remember being 25. and let me tell you...the feeling was important.

  • March 28, 2009, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    You must hate Hellenistic theater, or Commedia dell'arte then, if frozen expression masks in drama irritate you so.

  • March 28, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Oh, and how the hell old were you in the 80's?

    by Dingbatty

    Utilizing puppetry, masks, and animatronics were the only ways to achieve creatures like those in movies back then, other than straight up cell animation.

  • March 28, 2009, 10 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Dingbatty - nah, I'm a horror junkie. Expressionless masks are just fine. However, if you watch the trailer you'll see that "over here" in one part they're using CGI to make the faces expressive for a close-up shot, but then on the far-off shots they don't bother doing anything to hide the expressionless mask. That's a problem - it's not only inconsistent, but it's half-assed and clearly "on the cheap." Now, I want to love this movie. Don't get me wrong. But this tells me they're making a cynical art-house flick out of it, which in reality means they're going to tell kids "life is awful but imagination is the Key to Everything" and other crap like that. Nonsense. Plus, ultimately, for all Max's rebellion, they'll have him fall into his mother/father's arms and be happy to be home. Whatev.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Fair enough (I'm chiding you -- no malice

    by Dingbatty

    intended by my posts) but I got the impression from this trailer that the imaginary world mirroring the real world actions is actually a bit too much to handle, and wild, ultimately, which was the lesson of Labyrinth (the romantic world was too adult, dangerous, and complicated for a teen -- not what she read in her book at the beginning. And she needed to balance her fairy tale/daydream fun with her actual responsibilities to her living family. It's all in the song lyrics.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Jareth is an archetypal trickster character.

    by Dingbatty

    Teaches lessons through his mischief and jackassery.

  • March 30, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by Thommoth

    amazing, thank god for not using a lot of cgi

  • March 30, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST


    by boogalooshrimp

  • March 30, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    anyway, that no expression shot..

    by boogalooshrimp

    of the tree branches nearly falling on Max is disturbingly realistic and scary. "On the cheap"? Do you think they really had a child actor dodge a falling tree? That's an incredibly well crafted special effects shot. The fact a film junkie didn't even notice the effect bodes well.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Disturbingly Realistic?

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    You're right, a plastic-faced monster that shatters the illusion of life by looking as expressive as a Macy's Day Parade costume is vivid realism at its finest. Uh-huh. I'm disappointed this movie will be abandoned by the studio and not get th finishing work it needs to do well.