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Laika inks deal for three more stop motion animated movies

5 October 2014 11:05 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Following Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, a trio of further stop motion Laika movies are heading to cinemas...

Now this is really good news. Currently in cinemas is the delightful The Boxtrolls, from a company that remains committed to the art of stop motion animation, Laika. The Boxtrolls marks the firm's third film, and as its president and CEO Travis Knight told us last month, plans are afoot to make a Laika film every year.

It turns out that the distribution for the next three at least is assured.

Focus Features, which has backed Coraline, The Boxtrolls and ParaNorman, is extending its distribution deal with Laika, to cover at least three more films. This comes off the back of impressive numbers for The Boxtrolls, and plenty of audience and critical acclaim.

Furthermore, Universal Pictures International will be picking up distribution for the new Laika movies outside of the Us. All »

- simonbrew

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Laika, Focus Team On Three New Films

4 October 2014 4:49 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Boxtrolls" animators Laika and distributor Focus Features are set to continue their partnership over the course of Laika's next three projects. Universal Pictures International will release them in international markets.

This follows on from the success the pair have had with their previous three films together including "The Boxtrolls," "Coraline" and "Paranorman". The latter two have grossed over $100 million worldwide along with scoring critical acclaim.

In an official statement, Laika CEO Travis Knight says: "Focus and Laika are kindred spirits. Over eight years and three films we've forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories. Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They're the bravest studio in the world. We look forward to many ongoing cinematic adventures with our Focus/Universal family. The best is yet to come."

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- Garth Franklin

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Focus, Laika sign three-film deal

3 October 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As The Boxtrolls enters it second weekend in release, Focus Features and Laika announced they have extended their collaboration.

The companies will partner on the next three Laika projects, as they have done on The Boxtrolls, Coraline and ParaNorman. Universal will remain the international distributor.

“I am very pleased to continue our relationship with our friends at Laika,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Travis and his company have elevated the art of animated films and we are proud to be part of their success.”

“Focus and Laika are kindred spirits,” said Laika president and CEO Travis Knight. “Over eight years and three films we’ve forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories.

“Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They’re the bravest studio in the world. We look forward to many ongoing cinematic adventures with our »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Focus, Laika to partner on next three films

3 October 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As The Boxtrolls enters it second weekend in release, Focus Features and Laika announced they have extended their collaboration.

The companies will partner on the next three Laika projects, as they have done on The Boxtrolls, Coraline and ParaNorman. Universal will remain the international distributor.

“I am very pleased to continue our relationship with our friends at Laika,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Travis and his company have elevated the art of animated films and we are proud to be part of their success.”

“Focus and Laika are kindred spirits,” said Laika president and CEO Travis Knight. “Over eight years and three films we’ve forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories.

“Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They’re the bravest studio in the world. We look forward to many ongoing cinematic adventures with our »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Laika and Focus Features Reteam for 3 New Movies

3 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Laika and Focus Features, the two companies behind the hit animated feature The Boxtrolls, will continue their partnership on Laika's next three projects. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and Laika President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today.

As with the three movies that the companies have partnered on previously, Focus will distribute the next three movies domestically, and Universal Pictures International will release them overseas.

Focus opened The Boxtrolls nationwide last weekend to a $17.3 million gross, marking the biggest debut yet for a Laika movie. The Boxtrolls follows the successful and acclaimed Focus and Laika animated films Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012), each of which grossed over $100 million worldwide. Coraline earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year's 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI) with an AFI Award. ParaNorman was cited as best animated feature »

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Focus Features and Laika Seal Three-Film Deal

3 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features and Laika, the team behind stop-motion animated hit "The Boxtrolls," have announced a new three film partnership. Focus will distribute the animation house's next three projects domestically, with Universal Pictures International handling overseas release. Focus, which is continuing to establish its new identity under CEO Peter Schlessel, landed Laika its best opener yet with "The Boxtrolls," a top contender for the 2015 animated feature Oscar that opened last week. This new formal partnership will extend Focus' longstanding relationship with Laika and its CEO Travis Knight. The studio previously released Laika's Oscar nominees "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" under former CEO James Schamus. (Read our interview with "The Boxtrolls" composer here.) Focus, meanwhile, has another Oscar hopeful, the Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything," coming down the pike in November. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Post-‘Boxtrolls’, Focus Features & Laika Pact On Three More Films

3 October 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After releasing Oscar-nominated Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), and last weekend’s The Boxtrolls to acclaim, Focus Features and Portland-based animation studio Laika have extended their partnership for three more films. Under the deal Focus will again handle domestic distribution while Universal Pictures International handles international release.

“Focus and Laika are kindred spirits,” said Laika President and CEO Travis Knight in a statement. “Over eight years and three films we’ve forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories. Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They’re the bravest studio in the world. We look forward to many ongoing cinematic adventures with our Focus/Universal family. The best is yet to come.”

The companies’ first collaboration, 2009’s Coraline, earned over $124 million worldwide on a $60 million budget and nabbed Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, »

- Jen Yamato

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Focus Features And Laika Sign 3 Picture Deal

3 October 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Laika and Focus Features, the two companies behind the hit animated feature The Boxtrolls, will continue their partnership on Laika’s next three projects. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and Laika President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today.

As with the three movies that the companies have partnered on previously, Focus will distribute the next three movies domestically, and Universal Pictures International will release them overseas.

Focus opened The Boxtrolls nationwide last weekend to a $17.3 million gross, marking the biggest debut yet for a Laika movie. The Boxtrolls follows the successful and acclaimed Focus and Laika animated films Coraline (2009) and Paranorman (2012), each of which grossed over $100 million worldwide.

Coraline earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI) with an AFI Award. Paranorman was cited as best »

- Michelle McCue

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Focus Features, Laika Reteam for Three More Animated Pics

3 October 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Laika and Focus Features, which teamed on “The Boxtrolls,” “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” will continue their partnership on Laika’s next three projects.

Focus will distribute the three movies domestically and Universal Pictures International will release them overseas.

The Boxtrolls” opened last weekend to a $17.3 million gross in the U.S., the biggest debut for a Laika movie. It has also been released in 16 international territories to date, including the U.K., where it has led the box office for two weeks in a row.

Stop-motion specialist Laika and Focus did not disclose which titles will be covered under the partnership.

The Portland, Ore.-based animation studio announced in 2011 that it had optioned “Wildwood,” a young-adult fantasy novel set in an alternate version of the Oregon city, written by the Decemberists lead singer Colin Meloy and illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis.

In 2012, Laika optioned “Goblins,” an adaptation of a British »

- Dave McNary

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Laika and Focus Features Team Up for Three New Projects

3 October 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Focus Features must be very happy with how The Boxtrolls has been performing, as they just announced that they are continuing their partnership with Laika and will distribute their next three projects:

“Hillsboro, Or, and Santa Monica, CA, October 3, 2014 – Laika and Focus Features, the two companies behind the hit animated feature The Boxtrolls, will continue their partnership on Laika’s next three projects. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and Laika President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today.

As with the three movies that the companies have partnered on previously, Focus will distribute the next three movies domestically, and Universal Pictures International will release them overseas.

Focus opened The Boxtrolls nationwide last weekend to a $17.3 million gross, marking the biggest debut yet for a Laika movie. The Boxtrolls follows the successful and acclaimed Focus and Laika animated films Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012), each of which grossed over $100 million worldwide. Coraline earned Golden Globe, »

- Jonathan James

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31 Netflix Instant Titles to Get You Ready for Halloween

1 October 2014 6:52 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.

Happy Haunting!

Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper)

David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.

Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.

Fright Night (Tom Holland)

When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.

Creepshow 2 (Michael Gornick)

Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »

- Heather Wixson

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Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable Talk The Boxtrolls, Changes During Production, Deleted Scenes, and More

27 September 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls.  Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.  Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead WrightElle Fanning, Sir Ben KingsleyToni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard AyoadeTracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film. At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.  They talked about the technical challenges making The Boxtrolls, how the crew from Paranorman and Coraline never disbanded, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Film Review: Animated ‘The Boxtrolls’ Has British Comic Tone

26 September 2014 8:06 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Monty Python, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Mr. Bean, Alan Partridge – all are examples of British comedy, that off-kilter “are you in on the joke?” point of view. That comic tone has arrived in an animated film, within the stop motion world of “The Boxtrolls.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0

From the same studio that brought the twisted entertainments of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” – Laika Entertainment – “The Boxtrolls” continue their comic tradition of subtle jabs and visual humor. Full of scenic invention, it paints their characters in the film with traits that are neither good nor bad, they just have a weird sense of a different mentality. The story also celebrates the notion of being yourself, despite any background circumstances, and staying away from greed and false terror and idolatry. Take that, “Frozen”!

Based on the British storybook, “Here Be Monsters!” the story centers on a boy named Eggs (voice of Isaac Hemstead-Wright »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Focus Features’ The Boxtrolls Packs In Promotional Partnership Tie-Ins

26 September 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Focus Features, which releases animation studio Laika’s family event movie The Boxtrolls nationwide this Friday, September 26th, has through Universal Studios Partnerships packed in a number of promotional partnership tie-ins generating millions of impressions on consumers and moviegoers.

The latest ones are with Great Day Farms, promoted on egg cartons (referencing the movie’s lead boy character of Eggs) and offering a sweepstakes Grand Prize of a hometown screening; with Sun-Maid Raisins, featuring sticker sheets inside 12-count bags of Mini Snacks boxes (which are made of cardboard – a favorite building block and/or clothing choice of the lovable Boxtrolls themselves) and promoting a sweepstakes to win movie tickets; with Carl’s Jr. and participating Hardee’s, providing four different movie-themed activity toys in the Cool Kids Combos® Meal Program; with Langer’s Juice, promoted on juice bottles and giving away free movie-themed T-shirts; and with Time Warner Cable, showcasing »

- Michelle McCue

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The Boxtrolls

26 September 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Boxtrolls

Directed by: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Cast: Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Hess, Simon Pegg

Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: September 26, 2014

Plot: Underground inventors known as boxtrolls are wrongfully feared by a town that loves cheese.

Who’S It For? Those who like inventive, ambitious films.

Overall

As computer animation becomes keyboard-mashing wizardry that awes with the amount of hair follicles but remains a mystery to the public eye, stop-motion like in The Boxtrolls provides a wholly different wonder, that of watching an entire set of figures come to life through precision and extreme dedication. The work of Laika Animation Studios, as reminded in The Boxtrolls, provides filmgoers quite a visual treat for those looking to witness marvelous handmade ambition.

The Boxtrolls are short inventive creatures who scour in the night and fix things within the town of Cheesebridge, whilst, indeed, wearing boxes. They »

- Nick Allen

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Review: The Boxtrolls

26 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

I am always eager to see the latest Laika release. Output is slow from the animation studio due to the time-consuming and meticulous nature of its handmade stop-motion films, but bottling magic is no easy task. There is an ineffable tone in the studio's films -- perhaps because of its complete attention to details, perhaps because of some way natural lighting works compared to digital renderings -- that instills a sense of realism.

With The Boxtrolls, Laika takes on steampunk, creating a Victorian-looking village populated by hundreds of unique, charming (and some not so very) characters. Based on the children's book by Alan Snow, Here Be Monsters, directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi bring to life Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright, aka Bran Stark from Game of Thrones) and Winnie (Elle Fanning) as they fight to save their misunderstood friends from the evil designs of wily exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley »

- Mike Saulters

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Creatures and Class Politics: Travis Knight, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable on The Boxtrolls

26 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The latest animated feature from Laika, the Portland-based studio that delivered Coraline and ParaNorman, is a surprisingly idiosyncratic blend of children’s adventure and political satire. Based on Alan Snow’s novel, Here Be Monsters, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable’s The Boxtrolls is set in the steampunk-inspired British town of Cheesebridge, a ruthlessly classist society where, you guessed it, cheese is the unifying luxury good. The boxtrolls — little creatures who live in cardboard boxes — are the literal lower class. (They live underground.) The story kicks into gear as a human boy, Eggs, raised by the boxtrolls ventures above ground, meets […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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The Boxtrolls- The Review

25 September 2014 8:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So far this year we’ve seen the return of valiant Dusty Crophopper, lovebirds Blu and Jewel, and Hiccup (and best pal Toothless) in their respective animated sequels Planes: Fire & Rescue, Rio 2, and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Now it’s time for another animated return, but not of a character: it’s the return of a style of animation. Those previous films were all done the way most features are produced this days, via computers aka CGI. This new feature harkens back to process nearly as old as film itself. This new feature uses stop-motion animation, the movement of tiny figures (often made with clay, rubber, or wood) one frame at a time to simulate movement. Perhaps best known for bringing dinosaurs and other big beasties to life thanks to effect pioneers Willis O”Brien and Ray Harryhausen, it was later used for television specials (the perennial »

- Jim Batts

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Interview: Directors of ‘The Boxtrolls’ on Their Animated Life

25 September 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – How do you interpret an odd British storybook called “Here Be Monsters!” into a mainstream animated film? By taking the main characters – called ‘The Boxtrolls’ – and putting them up front. Animation veterans and co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi got the assignment, and deliver the goods.

Both creators have been around the animation block, but this is Annable’s first major animation directorial effort. He cut his teeth as a comic book artist and video game director, and was a story artist on the recent “ParaNorman.” Stacchi was previously a co-director on “Open Season” (2006), and started his animation career as a story artist on the classic “Antz” (1998). He also worked on visual effects for the classics “Back to the Future” (1985), “Ghost” (1990) and “Hook” (1991). The animation of ‘The Boxtrolls’ was produced by Laika Entertainment, who also produced the stop motion films “Coraline’” and the aforementioned “ParaNorman.”

Characters Looks in ‘The Boxtrolls, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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“The Boxtrolls”: What’s Up with the 2015 Awards Race

25 September 2014 3:48 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Directed by: Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi Written by: Irena Brignull and Adam Pava Main Cast: Voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, and more… Past Oscar relations: The studio has previously seen Coraline, Corpse Bride, and ParaNorman nominated for Best Animated Feature Today we have another article in this ongoing series of mine concerning certain 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of actual Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is the stop motion animated adventure The Boxtrolls, which hopes to be the latest bit of animation to appeal to the Academy. Can it actually do it in a year without Pixar? Let’s discuss that possibility a little bit below now… This animated film is an adaptation of the novel “Here Be Monsters!” by Alan Snow and is directed by the »

- Joey Magidson

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