July 17, 2009 at 09:04 PM EDT

Now that Where the Wild Things Arefever is really heating up thanks to the upcoming Spike Jonze film, this proof-of-concept demo from 1983seems particularly cool. Too bad John Lasseter’s career never took off.

Just kidding — he’s one of the genius forces behind the delight factory known as Pixar. I’m pumped for the Jonze film, but there’s part of me that would love to see a Pixar adaptation, too, a spooky version of Monsters Inc. if you will, which already draws, in someways, on the Maurice Sendak classic. (Exhibit A, exhibit B, the defense rests, gavel gavel.)

Thoughts, PopWatch nation? Are you as surprised by the quality of 1983 computer animation as I am?

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