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Hot Teaser: ‘The Boxtrolls’

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 6:53am PST

The latest peek at Focus Features‘ upcoming 3D stop-motion pic is a more a dialogue-free look at its look than a preview of its story. To fill you in, The Boxtrolls – from ParaNorman and Coraline toon studio Laika and based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! — centers on a boy raised by a group of cardboard-clad subterranean beings. Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, the voice cast includes Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Jared Harris and Richard Ayoade. It’s all set to CeeLo Green channeling Elvis on an oft-covered Leiber & Stoller classic. Check it out:

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Hot Teaser: ‘The Boxtrolls’

By | Thursday November 28, 2013 @ 12:02pm PST

The video below is part teaser, part behind-the-scenes tribute to the meticulous detail that goes into stop-motion. From Coraline and ParaNorman animation studio LAIKA, The Boxtrolls is still some way off – Focus opens it on September 26, 2014 – but the folksy tune that accompanies this new teaser seems fitting for a holiday. The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! and follows a boy named Eggs who’s raised by an unconventional family of underground-dwelling creatures who live in cardboard boxes. Among the voice cast are Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Jared Harris and Richard Ayoade. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi co-direct.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Boxtrolls’

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT

“Families come in all shapes and sizes.” A teaser for the next stop-motion animated pic from Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman) has arrived just days after DOMA and Prop 8 were struck down by the Supreme Court. Based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!, The Boxtrolls follows a boy named Eggs (Game Of Thrones‘ Isaac Hempstead Wright) who’s raised by an unconventional family of underground-dwelling creatures who live in cardboard boxes. Ben Kingsley voices the villainous Archibald Snatcher, on a quest to exterminate the Boxtrolls. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi co-direct the pic. Focus opens The Boxtrolls September 26, 2014:

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Focus Features Seals Pact For LAIKA Pic ‘The Boxtrolls’

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 9:17am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Moments after setting a deal with Random House Studio for Longbourne, Focus Features has locked its third animated movie project with ParaNorman and Coraline partner LAIKA. This one is called The Boxtrolls, which is in production, and Focus will release it October 17th, 2014. Focus has worldwide distribution rights and Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas (with eOne Distribution handling Canada).

The Boxtrollsis a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. It’s directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

The Here Be Monsters deal was brokered by Hotchkiss And Associates. Read More »

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Hot Web Trailer: ‘ParaNorman’

By | Tuesday August 14, 2012 @ 10:58pm PDT

Focus Features has released a final web trailer for the LAIKA stop-motion animated ParaNorman 3D feature that opens Friday. ParaNorman is directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away, The Tale of Despereaux) and Chris Butler (who also wrote the screenplay). This trailer takes a different approach from those that preceded it:

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LAIKA Names Mary Sandell Head of Production

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 6:10pm PDT

Mary Sandell has been appointed LAIKA’s Head of Production. Sandell has been with the Portland-based animation studio since 2005. Sandell was a producer on LAIKA’s acclaimed 2009 debut 3D stop motion animated feature Coraline. Previous to joining LAIKA, Sandell was the producer of DreamWorks’ primetime NBC animated series Father of the Pride for two years. Sandell has worked for nearly 20 years on commercials, features and TV series. LAIKA’s second 3D stop-motion animated film ParaNorman comes out August 17, 2012. ParaNorman‘s voice cast includes Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann Jeff Garlin and John Goodman, among others. LAIKA is owned by Nike chair and co-founder Phil Knight.

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Animator LAIKA Gobbles ‘Goblins’

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming


(Portland, OR; April 18, 2012) -  LAIKA has optioned Goblins, the Scholastic novel from award-winning novelist Philip Reeve (Mortal Engines) which will be published in the UK on April 5, 2012, and in the US in Fall, 2013 and has signed Emmy®, Annie®, and CLIO® Award-winning director Mark Gustafson (The PJs, Animation Director on The Fantastic Mr. Fox) to direct the 3D, stop-motion animated film. The announcement was made today by Travis Knight, President & CEO of the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio.  LAIKA produced the Oscar® and BAFTA® nominated feature film Coraline, and is currently in production on the 3D, stop-motion feature ParaNorman.

Goblins, set in an extraordinary world of brilliantly original monsters and magical creatures, tells the story of riotous, ill-mannered, and all-around bloodthirsty goblins who live in the gigantic ruins of Clovenstone Castle, and spend their time mindlessly fighting, looting, and menacing neighboring villages.  Only clever young Skarper understands that an ancient and powerful magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. Soon giants, cloudmaidens, swamp monsters, treewarriors, rampaging goblins and hapless humans will be swept into a fabulous magical conflict that will determine the fate of their world, and delight discerning audiences of all ages.

Goblins is a fantasy with bite,” said Travis Knight.  “It practically shimmers with verve, caustic humor, and piercing wit.  Philip Reeve has pulled off a helluva feat, masterfully crafting a sly send-up of classic fantasy archetypes and adventures while lovingly honoring their underlying forms.  Goblins is a

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Hot Trailer: ‘ParaNorman’

By | Wednesday December 14, 2011 @ 7:49pm PST

Here’s a new trailer for the stop-motion animated ParaNorman from Focus Features and LAIKA. Instead of the song that played with the teaser we showed you before Halloween, this adds dialogue and new scenes. It opens August 17.

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Hot Teaser: ‘ParaNorman’

By | Sunday October 30, 2011 @ 11:19pm PDT

Just in time for Halloween, here’s a teaser for the stop-motion animated ParaNorman, from LAIKA and Focus Features, the partners that made and released the deliciously dark Coraline. Directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away, The Tale of Despereaux) and Chris Butler (who also wrote the screenplay), it’s about a boy who speaks to the dead and is the only one who can save his town from a curse of zombies, witches, ghosts and grownups.  Voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman), Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick and a bunch of other interesting people. It’s slated to open August 17, 2012. Enjoy!

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