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Where does Laika go after 'The Boxtrolls?'

20 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — Laika's "The Boxtrolls" saw its world premiere over the weekend at the Venice Film Festival, the third in a line of movies from the Portland-based animation studio that have aimed to push the medium at every step. Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the film is, like all Laika product, its own world, a dank, cockney yarn that, as ever, serves as a showcase for the company's craft prowess. I recently sat down with Stacchi, Annable and Laika CEO Travis Knight to discuss adapting Alan Snow's mammoth book "Here Be Monsters!," the use of increasingly sophisticated computer tools to aid stop motion animation and the vision for the company going forward. You can read through the back and forth below, and don't forget to check out Catherine Bray's glowing review from the Lido. "The Boxtrolls" opens in theaters Sept. 26. *** HitFix: Anthony, we met briefly at »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Boxtrolls’

30 August 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

They’re not cute, they’re not funny. They’re neither scary nor special nor even all that original. Ladies and gentlemen, they’re “The Boxtrolls,” and . Repeating a lot of the same beats from the studio’s first two stop-motion adventures, “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” — a pair of Gothic fantasies in which outcast kids play intermediary between superstitious humans and their supernatural neighbors — Laika’s disappointing latest represents a baffling misappropriation of talent. Hundreds of gifted artists have poured untold hours into bringing to life this relentlessly unappealing script, ever so loosely adapted from Alan Snow’s “Here Be Monsters” book series, yielding only modestly better B.O. prospects for the company, owing more to their reputation than anything this pic delivers.

In the tradition of so many other kidlit-to-cartoon adaptations, from “Shrek” to “How to Train Your Dragon,” the writers have taken only the thinnest sliver of inspiration from »

- Peter Debruge

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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'The Boxtrolls' brings stop-motion animation back into the light

28 August 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

While the bulk of modern cinematic animation lives inside computers, with Pixar-style CG characters dominating the box-office, Laika has carved out its own creative space, with advanced stop-motion animated films like Coraline and ParaNorman that are breathtaking to behold. With The Boxtrolls, the old-school technology is as pristine and delightful as ever, and author Alan Snow’s literary characters spring to vivid life. Game of ThronesIsaac Hempstead Wright voices Eggs, an orphan human child who is raised by a band of trash-collecting underground creatures, and Ben Kingsley gives the proper snarl to Archibald Snatcher, who wants to exterminate the »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Paramount Sets 2015 Date For ‘The Moon And The Sun’

15 August 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Paramount has locked U.S. distribution on period fantasy adventure The Moon And The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario. The adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 Nebula Award-winning novel follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality as he captures and tries to steal the lifeforce of a mermaid, a quest complicated when his daughter befriends the creature. William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan also star in the film helmed by Soul Surfer‘s Sean McNamara, which Paramount has slotted for April 10 against Fox’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride. Pandemonium Films’ Bill Mechanic (Coraline) brought the pic to Paramount and produced alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell. Script is by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Mechanic, and Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, James Schamus and Ron Bass. Good Universe is handling international sales.

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- Jen Yamato

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Ten Best: Live-action/Animation Movies

15 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Ari Folman, visionary director of Waltz With Bashir, brings us a journey beyond imagination in his upcoming movie The Congress. Robin Wright (pictured above) plays a version of herself in this thought-provoking film, which merges live-action and colourful animation. To celebrate the release of The Congress today (our review is here), we take a look at some other movies which have embraced a live-action/animation mash-up.

1) Mary Poppins

Family favourite Mary Poppins delighted audiences when it first burst onto screens in 1964, and now 50 years later the magical tale continues to enchant a brand new generation of film fans. The hit adventure’s wonderful mix of live-action and fantasy animation was surely one of the elements which won it five Oscars at the 1965 Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.

2) Ted

Boston car hire salesman John’s (Mark Wahlberg) friendship with his best buddy Ted is so realistic that it is sometimes »

- Phil Wheat

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New Motion Poster for The Boxtrolls

12 August 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In the town of Cheesebridge, humans tend to avoid the sewer-dwelling Boxtrolls out of fear, but one boy raised underground is looking to change that. From Laika, the company that brought us ParaNorman and Coraline, The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s book and hits theaters this fall, and a new motion poster for the film shows a Boxtroll tinkering with a toaster.

“A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light, »

- Derek Anderson

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Meet The Boxtrolls In New Official Poster and Trailer

9 August 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Boxtrolls’ are embarking on a quirky and mischievous adventure in the new official trailer and poster from the anticipated animated film. Audiences can also meet Fish, Eggs, Shoe, Oil Can and the whole Boxtroll crew in a new video from the upcoming adventure comedy. Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable and based on the novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow. ‘The Boxtrolls,’ which is set to be released in theaters on September 26, was written by Irena Brignull. The following synopsis for ‘The Boxtrolls’ has been released: A family event movie from the creators of ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ that introduces audiences to a new breed of family  [ Read More ]

The post Meet The Boxtrolls In New Official Poster and Trailer appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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The Boxtrolls Have a New Trailer and Poster

8 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Laika has released a delightful new trailer and poster for their fantastic-looking new stop-motion animated adventure The Boxtrolls. The movie is based upon a book by Alan Snow called Here Be Monsters, and it is being directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable. The trailer below is the same one that was presented to fans at Comic-Con.

The Boxtrolls is a family event movie from Laika, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.

When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, »

- Joey Paur

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Worlds Collide In New Trailer And Poster For The Boxtrolls

8 August 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With just two feature films, Laika Studios has become one of the leading animation houses in Hollywood – critically speaking, at least. Coraline and Paranorman didn’t exactly blow up the box office, collectively grossing about $137 million, but they did manage to push the boundaries of stop-motion animation and add a bit of much-needed ingenuity and heart into the world of animated film. They’ve also pushed the envelope from a technical standpoint, as Coraline was the first stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D, while Paranorman became the first stop-motion film to use a 3D color printer to create its characters.

Luckily for us, Laika is back with a third feature, due out this fall, called The Boxtrolls. The marketing for the film has already shown us the ins and outs of the story, but Moviefone has released a new trailer that introduces us to the various trolls living »

- James Garcia

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New Poster Unveiled for The Boxtrolls

7 August 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In the town of Cheesebridge, humans tend to avoid the sewer-dwelling Boxtrolls out of fear, but one boy raised underground is looking to change that. From Laika, the company that brought us ParaNorman and Coraline, The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s book and hits theaters this fall, and we have the film’s latest poster.

“A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up »

- Derek Anderson

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The Boxtrolls Are Here With A New Poster

7 August 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Mark your calendars, because The Boxtrolls are coming to theaters on September 26th. But before they do, Focus Features has released this cute, character filled poster for their upcoming film.

Get to know Fish, Eggs, Shoe, Oil Can and the entire gang in this new video.

(Moviefone)

The Boxtrolls is a family event movie from Laika, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.

When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch 'The Boxtrolls' Come to Life in This Exclusive Preview (Video)

7 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard not to be totally in love with the movies that Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio behind "Coraline" and the oddly overlooked "ParaNorman," release. They're odd, they're quirky, and the animation-style they employ (stop-motion animation) adds a handcrafted quality that is decidedly missing from the slick computer-generated fare that most of the big studios churn out. Each Laika film is like a little dollhouse that you want to treasure and keep safe and want to revisit again and again and again. And this fall's "The Boxtrolls," the studio's third feature, seems to be no different. Just watch this exclusive teaser to get as excited as we already are.

"The Boxtrolls" is based on the Alan Snow novel "Here Be Monsters!" and is co-directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi. It concerns a fictional, vaguely Victorian town in England that is menaced by Boxtrolls -- inquisitive little trolls that dig through the town's garbage. »

- Drew Taylor

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Fan Made: Sandman Short "Hope In The Abyss" Trailer

6 August 2014 4:22 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Hope in the Abyss is a fan film based on the works of Neil Gaiman, giving the fans the Sandman experience we've always dreamed of. A ten-minute Sandman fan film, created by an incredible team of film professionals who love the world that Neil Gaiman built, Hope in the Abyss will be shot with a combination of 5K Red live action footage, custom-built miniatures and puppets (see their works in Coraline), VFX from a team with credits on Man of Steel, King Kong, Return of the King, Alice in Wonderland, and Coraline, special make up effects by Christina Kortum (Grimm, Leverage), the editor of SyFy’s Z Nation, and the producers of JourneyQuest, Gamers, plus Emmy-winning and Academy Award nominated films. Click Here for more information. »

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Book Review: ‘The Art of Neil Gaiman’

1 August 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Written by Hayley Campbell | Published by Ilex | Format: Hardcover, 320pp

Neil Gaiman is an author I’ve always respected and he is obviously a fan favourite, my problem is I’ve never really found the time to read much of his stuff.  His influence on Doctor Who and on Coraline, a movie I love has always made me want to take the time to venture into some of his work like Sandman, and I’m sure I will.  For now though I took the time to delve into his work with The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell.

Campbell doesn’t hide the fact that she is a close friend of Gaiman and at the start there is a feeling that the book could turn just a little too cosy in style, showing us just how amazing Campbell’s friend Neil is.  Thankfully this feeling doesn’t last long, »

- Paul Metcalf

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Sliff/Kids Interview: Brad Schiff – Stop Motion Animator – Paranorman, Boxtrolls

27 July 2014 8:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman July 16th, 2014

A native St. Louisan, Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at Laika Studios, the award-winning company behind  “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to Laika’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of  popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime  Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the  NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series  of Academy Award-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”  Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis »

- Tom Stockman

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Ben Kingsley voices animated villain in The Boxtrolls

27 July 2014 7:10 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Sir Ben Kingsley was lying down on the job while making his latest film, the stop-motion animated feature The Boxtrolls.

"I did most of my recordings lying down, reclining on a kind of sofa bed," the 70-year-old Oscar winner told an audience Saturday at Comic-Con. "I wanted his voice to come from his belly, not from where my voice normally comes from. It was a very relaxed recording session, and I did nod off occasionally."

Kingsley added that he found it "very liberating just to depend upon my voice to bring this extraordinary creature to life."

Made by the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls follows a family of underground creatures who come out after dark to collect above-ground garbage to construct their ever-evolving world. A human boy, voiced byIsaac Hempstead Wright of "Game of Thrones," lives among them and believes he, too, is a Boxtroll.

Kingsley's character, Snatcher, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Comic-Con Interview: The Makers of Laika's The Boxtrolls

27 July 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

In all the hubbub over the next big Pixar Animation film or the next Disney Princess film, it's easy to forget there are still some independent animators out there working on some smaller, more off-the-wall material and in older formats like stop-motion and even (gasp!) 2D cell animation.

One of the most successful of the last few years has been Laika, which formed with Henry Selick to adapt Neil Gaiman's Coraline into an Academy Award nominated film, then continued on without him to develop their second film, ParaNorman, which was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film and also received many critical kudos for its heart and craft. The company brought it's latest offering, The Boxtrolls (due September 26) to Comic-Con in San Diego this year. From the work shown off by directors Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) and Graham Annable, and Lead Animator (and company CEO) Travis Knight, »

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Live from Comic Con: The Boxtrolls and Sin City's Sequel

26 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie here, surviving on pop tarts and coffee and delivering film news live(ish) from Sdcc. This next bit covers two very different panels that were placed side-by-side: kid-friendly The Boxtrolls and blood-and-guts comic book noir Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

The Boxtrolls

The latest picture from the studio that brought us Coraline and ParaNorman is another stop-motion animation that made the chattering crowd of Hall H stop and stare. The trailer gave us everything we expect from Laika; a creative world, seamless animation, and humor. But they really got the audience's attention from a preview of a nearly wordless scene featuring the Boxtrolls searching through the garbage and playing with a trashed teddy bear. Have you ever heard 6,000 people "aww" at the same time? It's both loud and cute.

The panel assembled creators Travis Knight, Anthony Stacchi, and Graham Annable, along with voice talent Elle Fanning »

- Anne Marie

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Comic-Con: Ben Kingsley makes debut

26 July 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.

“This is only my third or fourth animation,” said Kingsley, whose entry drew loud applause, particularly after the Mc referenced his role in Iron Man 3.

“It was very liberating to depend upon my voice to bring this extraordinary creature to life…I did most of my recordings lying down to allow the voice to come from a different place.”

Laika’s third feature after Oscar nominees Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls is a period tale based on Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters!

The story takes place in a Dickensian-looking town where an orphaned boy was raised by a tribe of subterranean foragers targeted by an ambitious pest exterminator.

Kingsley plays said exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who deliberately demonises the harmless Boxtrolls to further his own cause »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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