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SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Writer/Director Chris Butler, Director Sam Fell, and Producer/Lead Animator Travis Knight

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Chris Butler, who did storyboard and design work on The Tale of Despereaux and Corpse Bride, received an Annie Award nomination for his previous work at LAIKA as head of story and storyboard supervisor on Coraline. He makes his directorial debut in ParaNorman, which he also wrote. Sam Fell wrote and directed Flushed Away, which […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Star Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who plays Alvin in ParaNorman, made his film debut as Fogell, better known as “McLovin” in 2007′s Superbad, which earned him a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance.  He also performed in Role Models, Year One, Fright Night, and Kick-Ass, which earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination.  He provided […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Star Anna Kendrick

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Anna Kendrick, who has earned Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Movie, and Academy Award nominations for her role in 2009′s Up in the Air, lends her voice to Courtney in LAIKA’s upcoming film ParaNorman.  Kendrick also performed in the first four Twilight Saga movies, 50/50, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and […]

LAIKA Brings "ParaNorman" to San Diego Comic Con International 2012

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LAIKA Animation Studios will be coming to San Diego Comic Con International 2012 to show off their latest film ParaNorman, which is coming to theaters on August 17, 2012. On Friday the 13th of July, a panel dedicated to ParaNorman will be held in Hall H, featuring actors Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse; […]

Shock Till You Drop Visits Laika Animation for "ParaNorman" Set Visit, Director's Interview

Shock Till You Drop has posted a report of their visit to Laika Animation Studios’ ParaNorman set, and also posting an interview with the film’s directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell. The set visit reveals how they met Laika CEO Travis Knight animating a scene for the movie, how the stop-motion puppets in the movie […]

LA Times on "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" and 2012's Stop-Motion Animated Offerings

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at Sony/Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which is the first of three stop-motion animated films set for release this year from major studios (the other two being ParaNorman, a zombie comedy from Laika, and Frankenweenie, from director Tim Burton and Disney). The article emphasizes the painstaking […]

PR: Focus Features & Laika Reteam for Two-Picture Distribution Deal

CORALINE PARTNERS FOCUS FEATURES AND LAIKA RETEAM FOR TWO-PICTURE DISTRIBUTION DEAL; 3D STOP-MOTION ANIMATED COMEDY THRILLER PARANORMAN OPENS AUGUST 17, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK and PORTLAND, OR, May 4, 2011 – Focus Features and LAIKA, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline are reteaming for LAIKA’s next two projects. The […]

Travis Knight Named President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc.

Travis Knight has been named the new President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc., the animation studio whose first feature film was Coraline. Knight will be succeeding Dale Wahl, who was President since 2005 and is stepping down at his own request. In addition, Coraline producer Claire Jennings was named to the new position of President […]

The Passions of Henry Selick: A "Coraline" Interview

The last stop in my tour of Laika Animation was to have a sitdown with Henry Selick himself, the great stop-motion animator and the writer/director of this project. Henry’s a guarded guy, but he was willing to be open with us and answer our questions with great insight and humor. In this roundtable interview, Henry […]

Laika Preps "Coraline" Film and Pitches More to Come

Variety is reporting on the slate of projects underway at Laika Studios, the animation studio owned by Nike’s Phil Knight after he purchased the famed Will Vinton studios. Their first feature film will be Coraline, a stop-motion project directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. The movie […]

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