A reader on /Film pointed out that Spike Jonze's skateboard company has released new a series of limited edition Where the Wild Things Are boards, each picturing a wild thing from the movie, so now you can get an idea of why kids might really get freaked out when they watch this film. Did the original illustrations of the bird-like one really have human ears? That's a horror.
I think what's also disturbing--besides seeing awkward monsters brought to life--is how coy most of them look. When I was reading the book as a kid, I never imagined the freaks shooting me glances that implied they wanted to sneak away to a bedroom.
Why can't I have this movie now?