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PR: Unique Hand-Crafted Props from "ParaNorman" to be Auctioned for Charity Starting February 22, 2013

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UNIQUE HAND-CRAFTED PROPS FROM ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED ANIMATED FEATURE PARANORMAN TO BE AUCTIONED NEXT WEEK Proceeds to benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES, February 15th, 2013 – Animation buffs, movie fans, and memorabilia collectors will all have the chance to own unique hand-crafted materials from one of this […]

New Interactive "ParaNorman" Web Feature Goes Behind the Scenes in Making the Movie

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In the wake of winning 2 Annie Awards for 2012, Focus Features and LAIKA Animation Studios have released an interactive digital booklet going behind the scenes of ParaNorman, documenting the long and painstaking process of crafting the stop-motion animated feature film. The movie is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand, and has also […]

40th Annual Annie Awards Nominations Announced

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ASIFA-Hollywood has released the list of nominees for the 40th Annual Annie Awards, with the winners set to be announced on February 2, 2013. Among the nominees are: Best Animated Feature Brave – Pixar Animation Studios Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation ParaNorman – LAIKA/LAIKA/Focus Features Rise of the […]

"ParaNorman" Comes in Third in Box Office Race with $14.1M in Ticket Sales on Opening Weekend

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LAIKA’s ParaNorman took in $14.1 million (estimated) in ticket sales in its premiere weekend, landing it in the third-place spot on the weekend box office charts behind The Expendables 2 ($28.59M) and The Bourne Legacy ($17.06M). ParaNorman‘s box office take puts it behind the $16.8M debut weekend of LAIKA’s previous film Coraline, but ahead of […]

Review: "ParaNorman" is Frighteningly Good

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If there is justice in the world, LAIKA’s newest movie ParaNorman will make the studio a star in the league of Pixar. A self-styled zombie movie for kids, ParaNorman may ultimately be much more conventional than 2009′s Coraline, but this also means it’s far more accessible. It has the same stubbornly independent streak as a […]

SDCC2012: LAIKA's "ParaNorman" Panel

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Focus Films and LAIKA brought their latest film, ParaNorman to San Diego Comic Con 2012. Producer and Lead Animator on ParaNorman (and LAIKA CEO and President), Travis Knight sat at a panel with ParaNorman Writer/Director Chris Butler and Director Sam Fell. Also at the panel were ParaNorman stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman), Anna Kendrick (Courtney), and […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Producer Arianne Sutner, Production Designer Nelson Lowry, and Director of 3-D Rapid Prototyping Brian McLean

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Arianne Sutner, producer for ParaNorman, was also animator producer on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, coordinator of the story department on The Nightmare Before Christmas, and editorial coordinator on James and the Giant Peach. Nelson Lowry, Production Designer for ParaNorman, is LAIKA’s Senior Art Director. He was selected by the National Society of Film […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Star Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Kodi Smit-McPhee stars in ParaNorman as the titular Norman Babcock. He has received Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations for Best Young Actor for his roles in Let Me In and The Road and an AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Matching Jack. He has won the AFI Award for Young Actor and a […]

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 […]

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