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 Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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

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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 … Read More »

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