LAIKA and Focus Featurescome together again to announce they have begun production The Boxtrolls, a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel “Here Be Monsters! .” Set to release October 17, 2014, The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, produced by David Ichioka and Knight, with a voice cast Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan.
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the 2012 winners of its Annie Awards were last night and here is the complete list of winners. Also one of the highlights of the event was Terry Gilliam accepting his Winsor McCay Award via video and the very cool special Texas Avery Award statue for life achievement to June Foray best known as the voice of animated characters as Lucifer (Cinderella), Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Granny, Natasha Fatale and Magica De Spell.
Check out this very cool five minute clip, behind the scenes of ParaNorman featuring the art and construction of one the most uncontrollable characters Angry Aggie. Product Designer Nelson Lowery, 2D Effects Animator Susanna Luck 2d along with Brian Van’t Hull and Ean McNamara, plus so many different departments of the LAIKA house come together to create one very intense electrifying character you would not want to mess with. I have to admit it’s pretty astonishing how many people it took.
You can pick up ParaNorman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) through my site via Amazon now, trust me it is worth the investment.
Check out the clip below.
A special one-night-only auction for the Nike Air Raid ParaNorman was tonight at the 366 Days Of Kicks Year End Party in Portland, OR. Inspired by last years LAIKA Studios stop-motion animated film ParaNorman.
Donated by Tinker Hatfield and Tiffany Beers, the kicks come with a special limited edition box designed by Mark Smith.
The bidding will start at 11pm Portland time.
Fan of the Laika’s ParaNorman? now you can own add it to your home video collection. Watch Norman speak to ghost over and over again with the ParaNorman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet). Featuring the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman. You can pre-order the DVD/Blu-ray through my site via Amazon. This title will be released on November 27, 2012.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is set to release the ParaNorman 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo for $49.98 November 27, 2012. The DVD is packed with a ton of extras which include commentary from writer/director Chris Butler and director Sam Fell along with 7 short featurettes plus loads more behind the scenes footage and extras! If you haven’t seen this film you are missing out on a superb stop-motion animation from the creative minds who brought you Coraline. ParaNorman, is about a boy named Norman who has the gift of seeing and speaking with the dead. Always being the weird boy he must now use his gifts to save his town from a centuries-old curse. You can buy the ParaNorman (Three-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) through my site via Amazon.
Back in August Joel Colley and David Trujillo of Laika Studios released the Nike Air Foamposite One ‘ParaNorman‘ sneaker to help raise funds for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation which raised over $200,000.00. Since the success of the last sneaker, Tinker Hatfield and Tiffany Beers presented Colley and Trujillo a very special edition of the Nike Air Raid inspired by ParaNorman which actually happen to be an original prototype for the Born This Way Event but the Foamposite got selected. This amazingly limited edition version of the Air Raid features autographs by Tinker and Tiffany, in a perfect Halloween color combo, stay posted for more info on this sneaker.
In August to promote the release of the ParaNorman stop-motion animated feature, Laika Entertainment teamed up with Nike to produce a very exclusive pair of Nike Air Foamposite One ‘ParaNorman’. A shoe designed to be given away for the “weird kids” Twitter contest, where you had to send in the “weirdest” childhood photo of yourself for a chance of getting a pair. Now you have one more chance! Nike and Laika are auctioning off another eighty pairs of ParaNorman Foamposites with 70% of proceeds going to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. These pairs are slightly different in small details take a look at the pictures below. Bid For Nike Foamposite Paranorman Born This Way on eBay