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Let the hype commence. The trailer for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film was just released and it’s looking pretty good. The humor seems to be in line with what you find in the book, which makes me hopeful. It also doesn’t hurt that the cheese touch makes an appearance. Click the image below to head over to Mishaps and Adventures and watch.

I recently learned about the planned Universal Studios Harry Potter theme park from Educating Alice (who has a nice roundup of related links). I think we can all agree that this is a good idea. Pop culture site BuzzFeed recently posted a video tour of the planned project. Let us have a look:

Dang – looks pretty thorough to me.

On a (loosely at best) related note, did you know that there’s a Harry Potter store in Shanghai?

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If I had to describe the new Fantastic Mr. Fox featurette in one word it would be this: handmade. While you’re mulling over whether that’s technically one word or two (as I am), click the image below to start watching. Narrated by Jason Schwartzman.

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Fans of indie-rock-influenced, children’s-choir-aided, group-whistling-festooned music created for soundtracks of children’s books turned into films, take notice. A song from the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack has hit the web. The singing is a bit jarring at first (courtesy of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O.), but I got into this one pretty quick. Click here, or the image below to head over to pop culture website BuzzFeed and have a listen.

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(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

A new trailer for the Spike Jonze directed Where the Wild Things Are film is up and things are still looking pretty good (although I’m not sure about the dog right at the end). The Arcade Fire soundtrack is still there, but this one features much more dialog than the first preview. In theaters Oct. 16th.

And in case you missed it, Educating Alice recently posted about the Where the Wild Things Are featurette.

The look is kinda old-school. Not that I’m against that. Label me cautiously optimistic.

*Update* Click here to watch the trailer

I heard a while back that filmmaker Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) was working on bringing Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox to the silver screen. I did not realize that the film would employ the almost always awesome technique of stop-motion animation. Considering the director’s previous work, the voice talent (George Clooney, Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson), and the images below, consider my hopes now high. In theaters November 13.

Click here to head over to The DHR Room to see more photos.

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Click here to read about the film in USA Today.

Click here to read about the London premiere in Variety.

Fans of 30 Rock (and the vastly underrated Blades of Glory) will recognize Will Arnett. Little known fact – the actor’s deep voice has paved the way for voice-over work in a host of animated films and commercials.

Appearing recently on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Arnett uses his vocal talents in a very children’s lit way – by reading an excerpt from Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. They picked a good excerpt. Click the image below to head over to pop-culture website BuzzFeed and watch.

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(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

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Man, folks really don’t waste much time these days making silver-screen moves on children’s lit. From THR.com:

Universal has picked up “Lunch Lady,” a children’s graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce.

Click here to read the entire article. Let me point out that nary a book has been released yet! The series hits shelves in July. And here I’ve been holding off my review until we get closer to the release date. Look for that shortly.

A side note: How many books have debuted with a “Soon to be a Major Motion Picture!” sticker on the cover? Can’t be many – will Lunch Lady be sporting one?

(Thanks to Gawker for the link)

With tiny, tiny knitting needles:

That’s pretty cool.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for the link)

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