1.Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

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One of the year's most anticipated films, Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are, is finally here!

At a special SPIN-sponsored event Wednesday night at New York City's Paris Theater, lucky fans saw the film two days before its official release. Following the screening, there was a Q&A session with the film's stars: Catherine Keener and Max Records, director Spike Jonze, screenwriter Dave Eggers, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, who wrote and sang the movie's soundtrack.

Here, Karen O starts the Wild Rumpus with a smile on Manhattan's 58th Street.

2.Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

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One of the year's most anticipated films, Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are, is finally here!

At a special SPIN-sponsored event Wednesday night at New York City's Paris Theater, lucky fans saw the film two days before its official release. Following the screening, there was a Q&A session with the film's stars: Catherine Keener and Max Records, director Spike Jonze, screenwriter Dave Eggers, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, who wrote and sang the movie's soundtrack.

Here, Karen O starts the Wild Rumpus with a smile on Manhattan's 58th Street.

3.Wild Things

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Fans lined the block waiting for the event to begin. Many sported gold crowns, an homage to the movie's main character Max, who is crowned as the King of all Wild Things by a clan of friendly monsters.

4.Forever Young

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The film evokes the various emotions of childhood. It tells Max's story of being sent to bed without his dinner for bad behavior. Angry and alone, he imagines running away from home and encountering strange creatures who both terrify and amuse him. As one audience member put it: "Wild Things reminded me of Snuffleupagus. In a good way."

5.Nighty Night

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Actor Max Records and screenwriter Dave Eggers were the first to answer the audience's questions after the screening. But the two didn't stay long. Why not? According to moderator John Hodgman (The Daily Show): "They have bedtimes."

6.Mother Knows Best

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Being John Malkovich and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Catherine Keener, who plays Max's mother Connie in the movie, with a friend.

7.Cheers

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Moderator Hodgman holds a copy of Dave Eggers' Wild Things novel, which is based loosely on the book by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay Eggers co-wrote with Spike Jonze.

8.Child's Play

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"She will be witty even though she's hungover," director Spike Jonze joked of his ex-girlfriend Karen O, introducing her to the crowd during the Q&A session. Listen to her entire Wild Things soundtrack here, also featuring members of Deerhunter, Bird and the Bee, Queens of the Stone Age, Dead Weather, and more!

9.Rawrrrr!!!

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What did the target audience think of Where the Wild Things Are? All smiles.