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The long-awaited major movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak's timeless classic Where The Wild Things Are premiered in theaters nationwide this weekend. As everyone who has fond memories, and some scary ones too, of the words and illustrations that made the wild things an unforgettable tale, we are excited to see the much anticipated film by accomplished director Spike Jonze. The clip below shows Jonze and Sendak discussing the adaptation and also delves into why Sendak feels the film is a great compliment to his original work.

You can also view a number of HD You Tube video clips from the movie itself and view some of the related links we thought you might appreciate.

There is another vital aspect about the film that has received plenty of attention. The soundtrack. If you haven't already heard, the soundtrack for the film is the work of an impressive line-up of indie musicians, include Karen O herself, the lead singer for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the following artists:

Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)
Brian Chase and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Dean Fertita ( The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)
Aaron Hemphill (Liars)
Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee)
Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)
Oscar Michel (Gris Gris)
Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska)

"All is Love" - Karen O & The Kids from Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack (2009)
"Igloo" - Karen O & The Kids from Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack (2009)
"Rumpus" - Karen O & The Kids from Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack (2009)
"Building All is Love" - Karen O & The Kids from Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack (2009)
"Hidaway" - Karen O & The Kids from Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack (2009)

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This is the Arcade Fire track "Wake Up", that has been used nationwide in television and other media channel promotions for the Where The Wild Things Are.

Songs not associated with the official soundtrack:

"Where The Wild Things Are" - Patrick Watson
"Where The Wild Things Are (Overture)" - Randall Woolf
"Where The Wild Things Are" - Chenard Walcker
"Where The Wild Things Are" - Metallica
"Where The Wild Things Roam" - ?Mystery Artist?

The following is a great behind-the-scenes video with Sendak talking about Jonze's film adaptation:

There's a lively debate about Sendak's comment in the Oct. 19 issue of Newsweek that parents concerned with the darkness of the movie "can go to hell." Geez...

YouTube official clips from the movie:

This is Our Family

The Sun Will Die

What's Your Story?

Dirt Clod Fight

Still Shots from the movie

Here's an older video animation adaptation of Wild Things Are using artwork from the original book; and, here's another.

What a Metromix review of the film.

President Obama reading Where The Wild Things Are to school children at the White House. Check out that Secret Service guy on the right side of the screen. He's creepier than the monsters in the book.

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Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

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