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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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Ben Kingsley makes Con debut for Boxtrolls

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 (26).

“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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Ben Kingsley Wants to ‘Do More Comedy’ After Working on ‘The Boxtrolls’

26 July 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Boxtrolls,” the latest stop motion film from Laika, which created “Paranorman” and “Coraline,” seems sweet as can be. While there weren’t many guttural cheers at the Comic-Con presentation Saturday, there were a lot of sighs and “oohs” from the audience as footage was shown from the film that opens Sept. 26 via Focus Features.

Hall H was on a high from the big beasts and superheroes from the previous panels, Warner Bros. and Legendary/Universal, but the studio still charmed the crowd. Elle Fanning and Ben Kingsley star in the toon is based on Alan Snow’s novel “Here Be Monsters!”

Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable spoke about the nearly decade-long journey they embarked upon to create this film, including building every single part of every single prop. They also talked about its difficulty.

“It’s the worst way to make a movie, it makes no sense, there »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Laika Wants To Bring 2D Hand-Drawn Animation Back

26 July 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Laika has made a name for themselves with their hand-crafted stop-motion animated feature films like Coraline, ParaNorman and the upcoming movie Boxtrolls. But the Portland-based animation studio wants to help hand-drawn animation make a comeback. During the Boxtrolls Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Laika head Travis Knight would like to […]

The post Laika Wants To Bring 2D Hand-Drawn Animation Back appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Stack ‘Em High In New ‘The Boxtrolls’ Poster

22 July 2014 11:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Laika have unfortunately been ignored when ut comes to the average Joe’s listing off of popular animation studios. However, their output is gradually proving to display a consistent and darker tone than the likes of Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks etc. With stop-motion animated films Coraline and Paranorman raking in a combined gross of over $220 million, it seems as though we have every reason to see continued success from the company. Next up on Laika’s slate is The Boxtrolls, a film in which a young orphan boy is raised by the titular trolls.

The film caused some controversy with those of a right wing persuasion after suggesting in an early teaser that families could be made of same sex couples, but with nonsense like that ignored we can now focus on what looks to be a lovely animated feature. Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi have had varied careers in »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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[Comic-Con 2014] The Boxtrolls Schedule Includes Hall H Panel, Eating Experience & Limited Edition Posters

21 July 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Residents of Cheesebridge lock themselves indoors at night for fear of the Boxtrolls. But Eggs, an orphan raised by the Boxtrolls, knows they would never do humans any harm, and he just might bridge the divide between the two species. Based on the popular novel from Alan Snow, Laika’s The Boxtrolls hits theaters on September 26th, and the film will have a Hall H panel at Sdcc later this week.

Featuring Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and more, The Boxtrolls Hall H panel will take place on Saturday, July 26th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. There will also be an Eat Like the Boxtrolls event at Petco Park on Friday and Saturday afternoon, in which Bug Chef David George Gordon will be creating a menu of edible bug and insect creations for attendees to dig into. Signed limited edition posters will also be available at these eating experiences. »

- Derek Anderson

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My Fun Visit to Laika and the Amazing "The Boxtrolls!"

18 July 2014 7:25 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Experiencing everything that Portland, Oregon has to offer for the first time was quite magical which made it even more whimsical when I visited Laika, the home of "Coraline," "ParaNorman," and the upcoming "The Boxtrolls!"

Nestled within the agrarian roots of Hillsboro, Laika is housed inside a giant warehouse populated by creative folks, craftsmen, and CEO, leader, guru, head animator, and all-around nice guy, Travis Knight. He's such a down-to-earth guy and a fun communicator that I just had to take a picture with him in front of the Cheesebridge Market Place backdrop used in "The Boxtrolls."

The whole visit was devoted to Laika's edgy brand and of course, "The Boxtrolls." Based on "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow, we saw a few clips from the film, some from Act 1 and some from Act 2. They also showed us a Laika featurette which I hoped will be available to us soon »

- Manny

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The Boxtrolls Release New Character Posters As They Pack for Comic Con

18 July 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Heading to San Diego next weekend? You can be part of The Boxtrolls experience at this year’s Comic Con.

With larger than life personalities The Boxtrolls’ Fish, Shoe, and their co-squares are being introduced with their own character posters.

Focus Features, Laika and The Boxtrolls at headed to Comic-Con for a highly anticipated Hall H Panel, “Eat Like The Boxtrolls” food truck experience and more.

Friday, July 25

#EatLikeTheBoxtrolls

Bug Chef David George Gordon will dare you to Eat Like The Boxtrolls as he cooks up some of his famous bug and insect edible creations

2:00Pm- 4:00Pm

Location: Petco Park

2:00Pm-3:00Pm Univision Radio will be hosting the experience. Stop by for a limited edition signed Fish poster by Isaac Hempstead Wright.

3:00Pm-4:00Pm Nerdist will be hosting the experience. Stop by for a limited edition signed Shoe poster by Isaac Hempstead Wright.

Saturday, »

- Michelle McCue

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie review: people get ready

18 July 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We need a bigger word than humanist.

That was a word I used to describe the lovely, honest, sensitive Rise of the Planet of the Apes — and god, did it feel good to be able to connect those words with a big-budget science fiction movie. But now it feels too small to encompass where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes the ongoing story. People-ist is the first coinage that leaps to mind, clunky as it is. Because there are nonhumans here who are as fully people as the humans are… in fact, the story is very much about the humans coming to »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Alternate War Paint Designs - Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

17 July 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), »

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Stage And Screen Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

17 July 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Elaine Stritch, one of the most unforgettable and acerbically funny actors of the Broadway stage, as well as the big and small screen, died at her home in Birmingham, Mich., on Thursday. She was 89.

A brash and beautiful presence who infused audiences with laughter even into her late eighties, Stritch is perhaps best known to young audiences as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin’s character on 30 Rock. Since the early 1950s, the actress had been entertaining audiences on the New York stage, racking up four Tony nominations. She was such a titan of Broadway that in 2003, in the late prime of her career, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared Stritch a “Living Landmark.” She also won three Emmy awards between 1993 and 2007.

On Broadway, she was best known for her performance as Joanne in the Stephen Sondheim-penned musical Company and for stealing the show in Noel Coward’s »

- Jordan Adler

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The Boxtrolls Are Headed To The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby – July 26

17 July 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

America’s iconic FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby holds its 77th annual World Championship finals at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, July 26th – and characters from the Boxtrolls movie will be joining the fun, even racing down the track in their own custom-built car.

Focus Features, which releases Laika’s family event movie The Boxtrolls nationwide on Friday, September 26th, is partnering with the International Soap Box Derby and inviting families attending the World Championship to explore the fantastical world of The Boxtrolls as an official sponsor of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

At Derby Downs all day Saturday before the final races, fans will be able to meet the Boxtrolls, view the custom-built car on display, get free Boxtrolls gear, check out exclusive sneak preview clips from the new movie, and enter the Boxtrolls’ fantastical home environment with an immersive photo experience. Following the day’s interactive activities, »

- Michelle McCue

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Elaine Stritch dies

17 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Elaine Stritch and Mia Farrow in September

Elaine Stritch, who starred in the likes of The Spiral Staircase, A Farewell To Arms and Woody Allen's September, has died at the age of 89. The redoubtable actress and wit was a big name on Broadway and also won fans for her role as Jack's mother in TV series 30 Rock.

In her later years. Stritch focused increasingly on the stage and on cabaret, but she was still making films and her final work, River Of Fundament, was released in February. She also worked in voice acting, playing the hero's grandmother in 2012's Paranorman. Last year she was the subject of a celebrated biopic, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, and she gave a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival about her remarkable life.

Recently Stritch had been struggling with alcohol issues and had developed diabetes, but it is not known if these contributed to her death. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable Talk The Boxtrolls, Adapting Alan Snow’s “Here Be Monsters!”, Casting, and Eccentricities of Stop-Motion

14 July 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable make their stop-motion animation directorial debut on Laika's The Boxtrolls, the duo was more than up to the task.  Stacchi brings co-directing and writing experience to go along with a career in the animation, art, and visual effects departments.  That paired quite well with Annable's story work in the art and animation departments on Laika's Coraline and ParaNorman, as well as his video game directing experience.  It's no surprise that the two worked so well together cracking the "Here Be Monsters!" adaptation, especially considering just how important collaboration is within the stop-motion studio. During my set visit to Laika, I got to sit in on a lengthy interview with Stacchi and Annable, which included commentary from producer David Ichioka.  They talked about the arduous story-cracking process, delegating responsibilities among the animators, the insane amount of planning that goes into a stop-motion production, just »

- Dave Trumbore

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#SDCC14: On Day 3 (July 26) Vamp Out with True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Salem, Ahs: Coven, Constantine, Grimm, Sin City, Lovecraft, Twin Peaks, and More!

12 July 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Day 3 of Sdcc '14 marks the end of an era with "True Blood's" last panel. It's joined by fellow fangers "The Vampire Diaries," the witches of "Salem" and "Ahs: Coven," "Grimm," Sin City, "Constantine," Troma, and lots more.

Per usual, we have the horror highlights along with info on a few other panels that should be of general interest (plus a couple of things for the kids). Be sure to visit the official 2014 San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.

Day 3: Saturday, July 26, 2014

10 Am - The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am - Ballroom 20

10 Am - Idw: Summer Blockbusters!

Idw »

- Debi Moore

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Comic-Con 2014 - Saturday Schedule Unleashed

12 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Photo by Leonard Lee at MTV

Saturday is always the biggest, craziest and best day at San Diego Comic-Con. All of the really cool big stuff happens on Saturday, and this year there are some fun things to plan for. Comic-Con International has released the full schedule for Saturday July 26th, and you can go through the whole thing here to plan out your day. I've included a few of the highlights below though to give you an idea of what is in store for the fans. The biggest panels taking place are for Marvel and Warner Bros. We'll see you there! 

The Simpsons - Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.

Saturday July »

- Joey Paur

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