Stop-motion animation is perhaps the most difficult in the entire animation field. Animators have to move their characters and sets by a single frame at a time to film 24 frames in a second. And if you’ve seen movies from Laika such as Coraline and ParaNorman, then you know that they don’t hold back when it comes to intricate and meticulously crafted production pieces.
Now a new video reel from Laika celebrates 10 years of stop-motion magnificence, running through clips and behind the scenes footage from their films Coraline, ParaNorman and most recently The Boxtrolls. Plus, there’s some new footage from their forthcoming adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. Watch! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
Laika has a knack for creating worlds we’d want to live in: beautifully hand-crafted, gorgeously detailed, and a tad off-kilter. And while it’s unlikely we’ll ever actually get to visit Cheesebridge or Blithe Hollow or Other World (since they’re, y’know, fictional) we’ll now have the opportunity to take a bit of those worlds home with us.
The animation studio has just announced an auction — the first in the company’s history — with over 250 puppets, props, models, and art pieces up for grabs. But if you haven’t got the money to buy your own Other Mother from Coraline or Mecha-Drill from Boxtrolls, fear not. Select items will go on a brief exhibition tour before they go up for sale. More details on the Laika auction, including photos and descriptions of some key offerings, after the jump. Read More »
Oscar nominees might have a gut-wrenching experience waiting to hear their name called (or not) during the Academy Awards but at least they don’t have posters to buy. For the second year in a row, Mondo has announced they’ll be selling posters by multiple artists for different Oscar-nominees. The first three have just been revealed and, with them, you’ll see this series is not just limited to Best Picture nominees. After the jump check out:
- Les Miserables by Olly Moss
- The Master by Laurent Durieux
- Paranorman by DKNG
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Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by David Chen
In this episode, Dave, Devindra, and Adam chat about the spate of hot new sci-fi film trailers, lament the preachiness of Flight, and get really troubled by Compliance. Special guest Joanna Robinson joins us from Pajiba. Be sure to check out the bad language in Lincoln, the science of high framerates, and how Tolkein retconned his own books.
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It’s been a big day for awards, as the New York Film Critics Circle kicked off awards season, handing out the first accolades for achievement in filmin 2012. (Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were the big winners.) Now here are the nominations for the animation-specific Annie Awards, and these might make people happy who were puzzled by the NYFCC award given to Frankenweenie as the best animated film of the year. Those tallying numbers here might want to see more noms for Wreck-It Ralph, but in general the year’s releases are well represented, with the expected nods towards Brave, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, and more.
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We’ve run quite a few behind the scenes videos about the creation of Laika’s new stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, but that’s because the creation of films such as this one is an impressive process. Personally, I rarely tire of seeing these animators in action; bringing a film like ParaNorman to life requires a combination of brute force effort and unique ingenuity that is unlike the effort required for other filmmaking efforts.
In this case, the video This Little Light shows the process of creating one of the smallest elements of the film: a desktop lamp. Many disciplines are involved in making just one tiny, incidental part of the film’s world: design, modeling, glassblowing, painting, electrical assembly, and so on. I doubt that anyone thinks all the stuff around the chracters in ParaNorman just springs to life without effort, but this video, which you can see below, is a lovely demonstration of how much effort it takes to make a world. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Halloween’s still a couple months off, but Laika’s getting the spooky season started early this weekend with ParaNorman. Focus Features has just unveiled the final trailer for the 3D stop-motion animation, which features tiny bits of scenes under some unsettling percussion and an entertainingly creepy voiceover by John Goodman.
Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, ParaNorman centers around a boy (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who can speak to the dead. When an old witch’s curse puts his entire town in jeopardy, however, he becomes the only person who can save the day. Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Tucker Albrizzi also lend their voices to the cast. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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ParaNorman is stop-motion animated zombie horror movie for families. Can you imagine a subject more ripe for different artistic interpretations? It makes perfect sense, then, that the team at Laika, who also did Coraline, would team up with Mondo to do a series of posters for their highly-buzzed about film, which opens August 17. After the jump, check out six different Mondo posters for ParaNorman. Read More »
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Movie studios release b-roll footage for tv producers to splice in between their 30 second junket interview clip on the local morning show (or other such productions). We often post this unedited footage on the site because we love the brief glimpses it gives us at the creation of a movie.
After the jump you’ll fine 18 minutes of behind the scenes b-roll footage from LAIKA’s new stop-motion animated feature film ParaNorman. This includes a look at all aspects of the production, including how Laika used color 3D printers to create the facial animations. Stop-Motion Animation is the most intimately handcrafted flavor of filmmaking. Even after knowing how these movies get made, you probably have no idea of just how much time it takes to create the puppets, the costumes, the sets, never-mind animate each scene by hand. Be warned that some of the footage contains no sound. Enjoy!
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The film ParaNorman, in which a spiritually-inclined boy named Norman has to rally some unusual friends to save his town from an attack by the undead, is the latest stop-motion animated film from production company Laika.
We’ve seen quite a few trailers and clips, and the animation has looked wonderful in every view we’ve had of the film. Now a new featurette shows how some of the film’s tricks were achieved, and for those who like seeing the process of animation this is a wonderful glimpse into Laika’s methods, and a good compliment to the short video showcasing the creation of Norman. Read More »