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Spike Jonze for Kids

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posted by Amy

My attitude toward kids' movies suffers from overexposure to them. As the oldest of ten kids, I went from watching The Little Mermaid with my younger siblings to watching it with my stepson the same year. I've seen just about every movie aimed at kids in the past few decades (including, god help me, Yu-gi-oh the Movie).

I think I missed out on a crucial developmental stage: ironic teen. I was the teen who took her little sisters to see Disney movies, happy to have an excuse to see The Aristocats on the big screen. So maybe it's inevitable that now, at 35, I'm finally burned out on kid media. Even Arthur and Dora, my secret favorites when the boys were tots, don't do it for me anymore. As my kids get older, I find myself looking forward to someday all being able to see the new Harry Potter together and finally closing the door on movies with characters from the Hundred-Acre Wood.

But this news via Blogging Baby that Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers have teamed up to write a script for Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are gives me hope that I'll soon find myself happily anticipating the release of a movie the whole family can see together.

Will hell freeze over soon after?