Rawrrr!

Turning a picture-book into a live-action feature seems like a hellishly hard thing to do: as well as translating two-dimensional illustrations into a three-dimensional world, the film has to somehow stretch out a 30-line narrative to fill 90 minutes. The trailer for the adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are (a Paperhouse bedtime regular) says that Spike Jonze found a way to do it really, really well.  Am I having my heart tweaked by the Arcade Fire song over the top? Is the scratchy-charming hand-lettering beguiling my font-addled eyes? Will it work out for the full running time? Yes, yes, and I am really looking forward to finding out. I haven’t been this excited by a trailer since High School Musical 3, and that turned out amazing.