Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
With only two completed feature films under its belt, Laika’s quickly proving itself to be one of the smartest, most creative animation studios working today. Coraline and ParaNorman were wonderful stop-motion pictures gentle enough for kids, but sharp enough for adults. Now an early teaser indicates that their third release, The Boxtrolls, is shaping up to be the same way.
Based on a book by Alan Snow, the film follows a community of monsters living under the streets of Cheesebridge. Despite their fearsome reputation among humans, the Boxtrolls are actually quite sweet, and are in fact raising abandoned orphan (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, a.k.a. Bran from Game of Thrones) as one of their own. Watch the first brief teaser after the jump.
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I’ve heard a good number of people say that their favorite late summer film was Laika‘s Paranorman, and so it may hearten that audience to know that Laika has another film coming. It just isn’t coming all that soon. The animation studio has set September 26, 2014 as the date for a film that is as yet untitled. While we don’t know the precise identity of the project, we have a couple good ideas to choose from. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Looks like Selick won’t head back to Laika after all. According to Oregon Live, who spoke with an unnamed “person direct knowledge of Laika’s thinking,” the filmmaker did indeed meet with the studio. However, the talks went nowhere and Laika will not fund its former director’s project. Thanks to /Film reader ThumBlister for the tip.
Henry Selick‘s career started at Disney in the ’70s, brought him to Laika in the 2000s, and sent him back to Disney/Pixar in 2010. Now, it could pingpong him back to Laika once more, at least for one of his upcoming projects.
As of earlier this year, the filmmaker had two pictures set up at the Mouse House — one an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and the other a top-secret original stop-motion picture formerly titled Shademaker. Over the summer, however, the studio got cold feet about financing the latter. Selick’s been shopping it around town since then, and it appears the first to bite is his old home Laika, where he once directed Coraline. More details after the jump.
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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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We just showed you a teaser for a series of Sony Xperia ads directed by Wes Anderson and animated by Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman). Now we’ve got the first one, and it’s a bit like the original Aardman Animation Creature Comforts spots. Kids were interviewed (or given a script to read) and then Laika used stop-motion to animate their oh-so-charming explanations of how Sony’s phones work.
Sure, it’s an ad, but there is a recognizable Anderson impulse at work here. And Laika’s animation, as always, is pretty wonderful. Check out the spot below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
I don’t even know where to begin with today’s extra-packed edition of TV Bits, so let’s just… begin. After the jump:
- Olivia Wilde will return for the House finale
- IFC renews Portlandia for a third season
- Doctor Who casts its new companion
- 30 Rock plans to do another live episode
- Wes Anderson teases a new TV commercial
- January Jones’ pregnancy means less Betty
- A first look at the Sex and the City prequel
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Colin Meloy, singer for The Decemberists, and his wife Carson Ellis just published a young-adult illustrated fantasy novel called Wildwood. The book is set in an alternate version of Portland, OR. and is the first of a would-be trilogye that follows “Prue McKneel, a young lady who must confront a world filled with magic and danger after her younger brother is kidnapped, forcing her to enter the Impassable Wilderness.”
Now the novel has been optioned by Laika, the animation company that was responsible for Coraline and has the 3d stop-motion movie ParaNorman in production for release next year. Read More »
Today’s the day that the lucky people of America get Henry Selick’s Coraline in their cinemas, in both 2D and 3D flavours. Tomorrow is the day we all get to know how well it is doing.
And that’s a big question, even bigger than usual, because not only is Coraline the very first feature film from Laika productions, the entire studio has been placed into… erm… suspended animation while their financial situation is assessed. In December, pre-production was underway on their likely second film – the naffly named bluebird odyssey Jack and Ben’s Animated Adventure – and ten others were in various stages of development (Here Be Monsters and The Wall and the Wing being previously announced), but unfortunately, most of the workforce were laid off and all formal development slowed to snailish pace.
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