This is why we do the work we do — for moments such as this. Warner Bros. has released the second — and much longer — trailer for Spike Jonze’s upcoming children’s book adaptation Where the Wild Things Are, and without a doubt it is one of the best trailers of 2009. It is too soon for me to call the ball on this being one of the best movies of 2009, as there is still a month and change before it’s release — but I think we can all see that there is something magical happening here.

The story of a young boy named Max who escapes to a world populated by wild things, Maurice Sendak’s seminal work has never been more vivid than when seen through the eyes of Spike Jonze. The director, who has been working on this project since 2003’s Adaptation, has brought an amazing visual element to the story, utilizing practical effects and CGI to create creatures that are simply awe-inspiring. I don’t know about all of you, but this movie is still at the very top of my remaining “must see” list for this year.

Where the Wild Things Are is in theaters October 16, 2009. Check out the trailer below or see it in HD over on Yahoo Movies.

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