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Will Where the Wild Things Are Be Too Scary for Kids?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 12, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 12, 2009 |

Last December, in predicting the biggest box-office flops of 2009 (and so far, I’m one for one, thanks to Dragonball), I suggested that Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are movie would be the third-biggest flop of the year (this was before I saw the magical trailer, of course). I predicted:

The film — directed by Spike Jonze and written by Dave Eggers — was simply too dark and sophisticated for younger audiences, many of whom were frightened by the themes and imagery of the film.

And unfortunately, despite that stellar trailer, I feel that the sentiment might hold true. It’s going to be a kid’s film that perhaps only adults can enjoy because — let’s be honest — outside the context of a storybook, the Wild Things are kind of shit-your-pants terrifying if you’re under a certain age (although, not as scary as this). And look no further than this demonstration for proof — Spike Jonze wears a Wild Things mask around a toddler. And it scares the bejesus out of the poor kid, who should probably stop nursing and grows some goddamn testicles.

Where The Wild Things Are Focus Group #1 from Lance Bangs on Vimeo.

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