As a kind of behind-the-scenes-trailer for the forthcoming Where The Wild Things Are film, illustrator Maurice Sendak talks about how his 1963 book has been brought to the big screen by Spike Jonze (who is, Sendak mentions, “roughly the age I was when I did the book”)…
UPDATE: You can watch the film, here, on the Apple site (it keeps being removed from YouTube). Click on “exclusive featurette”.
Sendak reveals that when the book originally came out in the early 60s, it was seen as a big commercial risk, was banned, and suffered “terrible reviews”. It apparently took years before librarians were able to see the value children placed in it.
Hence a film version has taken nearly 18 years to realise. The results, as both Sendak and Jonze stress in this short film, is a collaboration from two artists who hope to enhance and enrich the book.
Interestingly, Sendak hints that “there will be controversy about this” – perhaps a reflection of how Jonze has stuck to some of the more frightening aspects of Sendak’s original. Either way, we’re looking forward finally seeing it when it comes out at the end of the year.
Where The Wild Things Are official site is here.