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 calledThe 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 »
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 »
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 »
(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
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.
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 »