Maurice Sendak, the author best known for the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, passed away today in in Danbury, CT, at the age of 83. According to the NY Times, Sendak died from complications from a recent stroke.
Where the Wild Things Are was introduced into the cinematic world via Spike Jones’ adaptation of the beloved children’s novel in 2009. But the author was also known for novels such as Outside Over There and In the Night Kitchen. Sendak’s stories have touched people of all ages and his passing is a great loss in the literary world.
Though Sendak has written many stories, he is best known for Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. But it was no ordinary children’s book, it was a story that explored the sensations and dangers of a fantasy in a manner that was effective towards a reader of any age. Basically it told children that adults also have dreams.
It’s just about that time: Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are is about to finally be released in theaters on October 16, 2009. It’s been a while since the trailer was released and our excitement was at an all-time high, so right here and now you can listen to the entire movie soundtrack free online. Even better, while listening to the music that shall accompany this beautiful film, you can also check out a bunch of new images from the movie and its production. The soundtrack contains original songs by Karen O And The Kids — Karen O as in the singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
As you all likely know, the movie has endured a battle to get to our eyes, with rumors at one point claiming that the movie had been entirely scrapped and Jonze taken off the job by Warner Brothers because it was too dark and they wanted it more aimed at kids. Thankfully it was decided that the original vision was obviously the best, and things moved forward as planned.
Where the Wild Things Are is based on the novel by Maurice Sendak about a young boy named Max (Max Records) who becomes angry with his mother and travels dangerous seas to mystical lands inhabited by large creatures known as the Wild Things who decide to make Max their king.
Click on over to the other side to listen to the soundtrack and check out the images. The soundtrack was also released yesterday on CD, MP3, and vinyl. May I suggest throwing on the music before enjoying the pictures. Sets the tone quite nicely. Head on over to io9 for more images.
The second official trailer for Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are has been released by Yahoo! Movies.
The trailer consists of a lot of the stuff that we saw in the first trailer, but this time there’s a bunch of dialogue included. This is particularly amazing to see when it comes to the Wild Things. We finally get to see these amazing creations interacting with young Max (Max Records) and you can see why so much work went into combining the physical costumes with the computer animated facial features and expressions. Spike Jonze has created real living, breathing creatures here, and this trailer takes that magic to a whole new level. I imagine this is a shorter peek at what the people who went to Comic Con were shown (Read: SDCC 09: “˜Where The Wild Things Are’ Panel).
Click on over to the other side to check out the trailer.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in all of the highs and lows of the production of Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are, it’s that this right here is how to faithfully adapt a book. From the very beginning, the movie was a passion project that saw the director working closely with the book’s author Maurice Sendak to make it a beautiful and fitting adaptation, while also making it his own. This pure love for the material is showing in what we’ve seen so far, and the movie is shaping up to be something truly, truly special.
The Wild Things crew made an appearance at the recent San Diego Comic Con as part of the gigantic Warner Brothers panel, and while the panel didn’t have any big announcements or anything like that, they did bring a lot of wonderful footage and videos to watch. The clips were introduced by young Max Records, who plays Max in the film. The boy came out and stood strong, though he was a little nervous, which lead him to write some things on his hands so he didn’t forget. The one thing that stuck out was a great quote he relayed from Sendak that said: “You know I really love this movie and I hope people like it, because if not they can all go straight to hell.” They played three new clips from the movie with stuff we haven’t seen — mainly an extended look at some of the very brief clips that we saw in the first official trailer. They show more from the scene where Carol (James Gandolfini) is carrying Max, and also the scene where the Wild Things are chucking each other all over the place.
Click on over for more and a cool video that was shown that features a look at both Jonze and Sendak.