To say "Where the Wild Things Are" has been a long time coming is an understatement.  Director Spike Jonze began filming his adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's novel in 2006, but encountered a much longer than expected production process that involved matching CG facial expressions to the Wild Things costumes  which were filled with noteworthy actors such as James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker and Chris Cooper. From an aesthetic viewpoint, the results are startling and impressive.

With only a few weeks until opening, Warner Bros. has made five new clips of the film available to view.  As in Sendak's book, young Max journeys to the land of the Wild Things where he soon becomes king.  Jonze and co-screenwriter Dave Eggers have expanded the story dramatically and you can get a good sense of what they have added and their tone in this combined 7 minute preview embedded in the clips below.

Take a few minutes, turn the TV or music off and enter the world of "Where the Wild Things Are."

For a larger version of "Max Appears," click here.
For a larger version of "Max Meets the Family," click here.
For a larger version of "The Sun," click here.
For a larger version of "What's your story?" click here.
For a larger version of "Dirt Clod Game," click here.

The film opens nationwide on Oct. 16.  Set a reminder or buy tickets here.

With over a decade of experience in the movie industry, Ellwood survived working for two major studios and has written for Variety, MSN and the LA Times. A co-founder of HitFix, Ellwood spends his time relaxing hitting 3’s on the basketball court and following his beloved Clippers.