What do you get when you cross a 1963 children’s picture book about a boisterous boy who encounters monsters with Spike Jonze, the visionary director of Being John Malkovich? You get Where the Wild Things Are. Here’s the trailer…

Adapted from Maurice Sendak’s best-selling illustrated story, Where the Wild Things Are follows mischievous youngster Max, who – after being chastised by his mother for his unruly behaviour – escapes to an imaginary land where he’s crowned king of a ragtag group of fantastiscal creatures, the Wild Things. Max’s first order of business? A ‘wild rumpus’, involving running, jumping, screaming, and breaking things.

If the trailer is anything to go by, the film is set to be a visual treat, reinterpreting the distinctive style of Sendak’s original illustrations. And the creatures – voiced by the likes of Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini and Catherine O’Hara – are a curious, but enticing mix of costumed performers, animatronics, and computer-generated imagery.

This Christmas, when the film is released, will you find your inner Wild Thing?

Where the Wild Things Are is released on 11 December 2009.