The brand new trailer premiered over at the Ellen Show website. Which isn't any less strange than the fact that the movie's first concept art was released on Kanye West's blog. What can you say — it's Spike Jonze, he does what he wants, and it usually works out to the audience's advantage. So needless to say, my expectation for his live-action adaptation of the beloved children's book Where The Wild Things Are is incredibly high, although the studio tampering has me extremely cautious.
Slashfilm reported back in February of 2008 that test audience reviews, such as the one below, forced Warner Brothers to push back release date to Jonze's film so he could make it a little less intimidating:
"And some kids at my screening began to cry and asked their parents to leave, so that should give you an idea." "The things are not cute. Max comes off a bit weird and off-putting ‘He slaps his mom!' and he seems confused and not charming at all." "No rumpus, no big set pieces, no 'state-of-the-art' lucrative sequences just some running around on some desert place and thats that."
This breaks my heart a little, because I would love to see a dark take on this book about freakishly large but gentle monsters, from inside a wild kids imagination. Hopefully it still has a Jonze edge, and what was cut will be released in a directors cut DVD, optimistically speaking. But apparently the test audience wasn't the only problem, rumors were circulating that the studio had issues with the main little boy as well, so it's been a long road from then until now. Still, after watching the trailer, you have to admit, what is shown is undeniably beautiful, plus using the Arcade Fire as a trailer soundtrack is a big fat indie fan pleaser, it should be fun if not something new.
I also decided to include the old test footage that was released onto the internet, but mind you Jonze has already completely disavowed it as mere test footage for the costumes and monster suits.