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It's hard to remember our childhood without reminiscing about the mischievous monsters of Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are that lived in our dreams. The figments of our animated imagination finally come to life with director Spike Jonze's highly-anticipated film adaption of the your favorite bedtime story. With the film opening this weekend, put the baby mama drama aside and your boss' bitching outta your head, and sail into the land of the Wild Things, just like you always used to.

If there's one person who never left that mysterious land, it's Spike Jonze. His expansive career has been built on boyish fantasies of skateboards, bikes, explosions, and pranks. Hell, even his name is make-believe (his birth name was Adam Spiegel). With that said, we think it's time we take a peek into Jonze's coloring book and check out the most iconic/interesting of the works that have kept him 39 going on 13...

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PHOTOGRAPHER, FREESTYLIN' MAGAZINE (1980s)
• Before beginning a successful film career in the '90s, Jonze, who spent much of his youth riding pools and nose-picking ledges as an amateur rider, took rad cover shots of professional BMX bikers for Freestylin' magazine.

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CO-FOUNDER, GIRL SKATEBOARDS (1993)
• After moving to California straight outta high school, Jonze picked up a skateboard. Obviously, he couldn't put it down because he eventually started his own company, Girl Skateboards, with his friends and professional skateboarders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll.

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WRITER x DIRECTOR, BEASTIE BOYS "SABOTAGE" (1994)
• No one can forget this classic music video from one of history's greatest threesomes, the Beastie Boys. It's only one of several that Spike Jonze directed, and a nod to his close relationship with the Boys. Jonze admitted in an interview for Juxtapoz magazine: "After their first record, they never let anybody get involved in anything they did. No one from outside the three of them had any control whatsoever on the music, art, video, or tour, and when the records came out, they did it all themselves...I think that was a big influence for Girl."

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DIRECTOR, THE PHARCYDE "DROP" (1996)
• Shot entirely in reverse, this classic video from the Cali crew showcases Jonze's refreshing ingenuity. In 2003, the director would go on to work with The Pharcyde's Fatlip again in the rapper's documentary, What's Up, Fatlip?.

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DIRECTOR, FAT BOY SLIM "PRAISE YOU" (1998)
• From Adam Spiegel to Spike Jonze to Richard Koufey? Yup! Richard Koufey and the equally fictional Torrance Community Dance Group took three major MTV Video Music Awards in 1999 with this unforgettable guerrilla-style video. One question though: How the hell did it not win Best Dance Video?

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DIRECTOR, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)
•Spike Jonze got himself an Academy Award nomination for this big-screen debut, a cult hit about a puppeteer (played by John Cusack) who enters a portal into the mind of actor John Malkovich. We'll "meet you in Malkovich in one hour." You can't even pause that.

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CO-CREATOR x PRODUCER, JACKASS (2000)
• It's true—Jonze is a Jackass. It's only because he actually helped create the show on which he and his friends do a bunch of hilarious shit you never had the balls to.

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DIRECTOR, ADIDAS COMMERCIAL (2005)
• Calling this a commercial is like calling The Wire a cop show. Jonze creates the kind of mini-masterpieces that make you forget you're being sold something.

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DIRECTOR, FULLY FLARED (2007)
• Who else can turn a simple skate video into a cinematic event? This Lakai shoes team video, which took over four years to complete, won "Best Video of The Year" at the 2007 Transworld Skateboarding Awards. Well, it's pretty hard not to see why.

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DIRECTOR, WE WERE ONCE A FAIRYTALE (2009)
• What was supposed to be a music video for the Louis Vuitton Don's "See You In My Nightmares" turned into this 14-minute film, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is only available for purchase on iTunes.

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BONUS: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE TRAILER

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