Ive always been a big fan of Maurice Sendak, as a kid and then as a childrens librarian. His books -- like We Are All in the Dumps With Jack and Guy arent your run-of-the mill kids books, and approach larger societal problems like homelessness, AIDS, overcrowding, war, crime and pollution. Not all of his offerings are quite so complicated, and Where The Wild Things Are, probably (interpretation is always open to interpretation) falls in this category, which didnt stop it from being a banned book when it was first published in 1963, and is still problematic nowadays.
It will be interesting to see what director, Spike Jonze, will do with the short, original script. Heres the preview.