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Team Fyc: "The Boxtrolls" for Costume Design

8 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Editor's Note: We're featuring individually chosen Fyc's for various longshots in the Oscar race. We'll never repeat a film or a category so we hope you enjoy the variety of picks. And if you're lucky enough to be an AMPAS, HFPA, or Critics Group voter, take note! Here's Andrew on The Boxtrolls.

Will an animated film ever get a fair chance of making it into Oscar's costume design category?  

This past decade alone, the stop motion wing of animated film has impressed with characters from Corpse Brides to Foxes Fantastic. It's a shame to ignore fine costume design simply because it's not happening in a live action setting. Enter: this consideration for The Boxtrolls for a myriad of reasons.

The intricate designs amaze with their attention to period detail - there’s almost no question that were this a live action film Cook’s work would emerge as a significant contender. »

- Andrew Kendall

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Paranorman: It’s Pretty Much Just Silent Hill Jr.

2 December 2014 3:44 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I’ve finally gotten to an age where I feel worldly enough to share my knowledge of cinema with my younger family members, rather than be the one depending on other people to expose me to new films.  Of course I’ll always be looking for unseen flicks from other people, but there’s something magical about showing my godchildren and cousins a movie for the first time.  Over Thanksgiving break, I made a visit back to Chicago and was able to spend time with arguably my favorite person on the planet, my four year old cousin.  Together we watched Paranorman, one of my favorite kid’s films of recent memory.  As we laughed together at the zombies, I realized something…Paranorman is really just Silent Hill Jr.

Purely on surface level, the main “villain” of Paranorman is a young girl named Agatha Prenderghast.  Aggie (like our protagonist Norman) was a medium, »

- BJ Colangelo

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Ari Folman interview: The Congress, Nolan, Kubrick

28 November 2014 2:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We talk to director Ari Folman about Waltz With Bashir, The Congress, his Anne Frank film, and his love of sci-fi, Nolan and Kubrick...

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman fused poetic animation with brutal reality in his breakout 2008 film Waltz With Bashir, a personal account of the Lebanese conflict of the early 1980s. The Congress, based on the book The Futurological Congress by Solaris author Stanislaw Lem, is an altogether different animal, though it treads a similar line between dreamlike animation and unvarnished reality.

Robin Wright plays a 40-something Hollywood actress (loosely based on her own career) whose advancing years and capricious nature have made new jobs increasingly difficult to come by. Pressured by both her agent (Harvey Keitel) and a shark-like executive (Danny Huston) at Tinseltown studio Miramount, Wright agrees to have her likeness scanned into a computer. Afterwards, the younger, idealised CG version of Robin will appear in movies (but not science fiction, »

- ryanlambie

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Making ‘The Boxtrolls:’ “Like 18 Months Of Opening Nights” – The Contenders

26 November 2014 10:08 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline) and director Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) talk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about the challenges and joys of stop-motion animation, a creation process nearly as old (and beloved) as cinema itself, in this video from Deadline’s recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.

Actually making a film with the stop-motion process, however, can be incredibly stressful, says Stacchi. It’s like ” 18 months of opening nights with no rehearsals.”

The voice cast includes a number of notables, including Ben Kingsley, Tracy Morgan, Elle Fanning, James Urbaniak, Toni Collette and Simon Pegg (plus uncredited work by Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants (and Adventure Time Ice King) himself, Tom Kenny).

Stacchi directed the film with Graham Annable, from a script by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava, from Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! The movie was produced by Knight and David Bleiman Ichioka. It has grossed $105.7 million worldwide since its Sept. »

- David Bloom

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The Boxtrolls On Blu-ray and DVD January 20th; Digital HD December 23rd

18 November 2014 2:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in the family event movie The Boxtrolls.

Starring, in voice performance, Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones), and Elle Fanning (Maleficent), the new movie from animation studio Laika, the makers of the Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, comes to Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet on January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Boxtrolls will also be available on Digital HD December 23, 2014, just in time for the holidays.

Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, the Boxtrolls are unique creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in a fantastical charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when the evil Archibald Snatcher schemes to capture Eggs’ family, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls!

Based upon the book Here Be Monsters! The Boxtrolls »

- Michelle McCue

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The Boxtrolls Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

10 November 2014 12:03 PM, PST | 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 comes out on home media this winter.

From Universal and Focus Features, The Boxtrolls will be available in Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo packs beginning January 20th. The special features and cover art have not yet been revealed, but we’ll let Daily Dead readers know when they are announced.

“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. »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Boxtrolls’ Passes $100 Million, Becomes Laika’s Biggest International Hit

10 November 2014 7:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Boxtrolls” crossed the $100 million mark last weekend, becoming the biggest international hit in animation studio Laika’s history.

The film has picked up $51.6 million at the foreign box office, trumping the overseas totals of 2009’s “Coraline” ($49.3 million) and 2012’s “ParaNorman” ($51.1M).

“Laika aims to tell bold, distinctive, and enduring stories promoting connectivity through art and inspired by our shared humanity,” said Travis Knight, Laika’s president and CEO. “So it is deeply gratifying that ‘The Boxtrolls’ has resonated with audiences around the world.”

With a worldwide gross of $100.3 million, “The Boxtrolls” seems poised to pass “ParaNorman’s” $107.1 million global take, though it may fall short of “Coraline’s” $124.6 million final tally.

The Boxtrolls” is a stop-motion animated film about an orphan raised by cavern-dwelling creatures. The voice cast features Elle Fanning, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Ben Kingsley as a villain eager to wipe out the boxtrolls.

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- Brent Lang

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Contender Conversations, Animation: ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘Dragon 2′ and ‘Lego Movie’

28 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Boxtrolls

Oregon-based Laika is heading into awards season with the stop-motion “The Boxtrolls.” Having earned Oscar nominations for its first two efforts, “Coraline” (2009) and “ParaNorman” (2012), the studio is aiming to remain on a roll. Producer (and Laika CEO) Travis Knight (in photo above center) was joined by directors Anthony Stacchi (left) and Graham Annable (right) in a talk with Variety’s Andrew Barker for a Q&A at the Variety Screening Series on September 18.

“Boxtrolls” unfolds in an underground world with a large cast of eccentrics, including a grotesque character voiced by Ben Kingsley. The film required elaborate character choreography — a daunting challenge for animators engaged in the labor-intensive process of stop-motion. Stacchi admitted: “The most difficult sequence was one that Graham and I weren’t aware was going to be difficult. We believed that a big mecha-drill-attack at the end of the film would involve the most effects and require the most difficult animation. »

- Ellen Wolff

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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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