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Stop Motion: The Handmade 3D Animation

Prior to the holidays, I was at the movie theater to see an animated feature, of course, and one of the trailers before it started was for “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” an animated feature based on a Roald Dahl book. And as I sat watching the trailer, this momentary thought crossed my brain. “Hey, that’s […]

LA Times on Wes Anderson and "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

The Los Angeles Times has taken another look at Wes Anderson’s animation debut with Fantastic Mr. Fox (free registration required), noting the director’s self-described neophyte status at stop-motion and demanding requirements for the animators while directing the movie’s London crew from an apartment in Paris. The article takes note of the many in-jokes and references […]

"Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection" Vol. 7 Coming in October

The seventh volume of the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection series, which is slimmed down versions of the much meatier, 4-disc Golden Collection sets, has been announced for 10/13/09. All the cartoons on the seventh set have appeared on previous Golden Collections. It is priced at $26.99. Cartoons included, as sorted by which Golden Collection they […]

"Coraline" Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 21, 2009

Universal has announced that the stop-motion animated movie Coraline will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray disc on July 21, 2009. The single disc DVD, 2-disc DVD Collector’s Edition, and Blu-ray high-definition version will all contain 2-D and 3-D versions of the movie along with four pairs of 3-D glasses, with the Blu-ray and 2-disc […]

"Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" Coming to DVD

According to TVShowsOnDVD.com, the 1988 Looney Tunes compilation film, Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters, will be released to DVD on 8/4/09 for $14.99. The film weaves in numerous Looney Tunes shorts such as “Daffy Dilly”, “Transylvania 6-5000″, “Claws For Alarm”, “Hyde and Go Tweet”, as well as two new shorts, “Night of the Living Duck” and “The […]

3-D Roundup: LA Times on Future of 3-D; BBC on "Monsters vs. Aliens" & "Coraline"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a long, hard look at the future of 3-D movies in theaters (free registration required), stating that the success of the 3-D version of DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens “has directors and studio executives quickly reconsidering which, and how many, of their future film projects can be reworked into […]

"Coraline"'s Henry Selick Gets Tex Avery Animation Award from AFI

The American Film Institute has awarded its Tex Avery Animation Award to Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, at the AFI’s Dallas International Film Festival. Local station WXII spoke with Selick briefly about the award and the legacy of Tex Avery, the labor of love in making Coraline, and the challenges […]

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 […]

How "Coraline" Will Save the Economy of Oregon

An article in the Oregonian takes a look at “the Coraline Economy” in Oregon, named for the Laika Animation Studios movie and based on the idea that “The creatives — hanging at the local coffee shops and clubs and brewpubs, huddling in the corners and madly pounding their laptops — will lead us back to […]

IFC Talks to Henry Selick on "Coraline"

IFC.com has interviewed director Henry Selick about directing Coraline. Among other topics, Selick discusses how children process scary stories like Coraline, what scared him as a child, the painstaking stop-motion animation process, filming in 3-D, in-jokes and references that may or may not be present in the movie, and how he feels about the fact […]

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