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"Coraline" News Blitz: Articles, Interviews, and Features Around the Web

by on February 5, 2009

Laika’s stop-motion feature film Coraline has been featured in arts articles across the Internet:

  • Director Henry Selick has been interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, HollywoodChicago.com, and ComingSoon.net. Among other topics, Selick discusses how appropriate the movie is for children (describing it as “for brave children of all ages,” as are the rest of his films), his take on CGI animated movies vs. stop motion, the way animation is beginning to tackle different topics as Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir have, the fast production time of the movie, and possible future collaborations with Coraline‘s original author Neil Gaiman.
  • Gaiman himself is the subject of interviews at the National Post and Comic Book Resources. Among other topics, Gaiman discusses his inspiration for the original story, the voice actors in the film, his preference to make Coraline an animated movie from the start, his feelings on the adaptation and the adaptation process, what it was like to bring Fairuza Balk as his guest to the premiere, and what it was like to win the Newberry Award for his newest novel The Graveyard Book.
  • Comic Book Resources has also spoken with actress Teri Hatcher, who plays several characters in the movie. Hatcher discusses how her 11-year old daughter influenced her accepting the role, what it was like to work with Henry Selick, and how she views her performance as three different characters instead of just two.
  • The Los Angeles Times (free registration required) and OregonLive.com take a look at Laika and the gamble they’re making on a stop-motion animated movie that may prove to be too scary for the children it will inevitably attract. OregonLive focuses on the impact Laika has had in its home state of Oregon, following the studio’s history and noting the risks involved in making the movie.
  • Finally, KansasCity.com takes a look at Prairie Village siblings Margaret Meyer and Sarah de Gaudemar, both of whom are now working at Laika as a puppet-maker and an animator, respectively. De Gaudemar also follows her career starting with MTV’s Celebrity Death Match and notes the difficulties she faced as one of very few female stop-motion animators.

Coraline opens nationwide on Friday, February 6, 2009.

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