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Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2011 3:50 AM
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2011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,” you know the medium is having an “off year.”) Thankfully, 2012 is poised to be an embarrassment of riches, with new movies from proven studios like Blue Sky (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”), Illumination ("The Lorax"), Disney ("Wreck-It Ralph" and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie") Aardman (“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”) and the beloved Studio Ghibli (“The Secret World of Arriety”), as well as a brand-new Pixar property (“Brave,” plus the heavily Pixar-associated live action hybrid “John Carter”) and the debut features from children’s illustrator William Joyce (DreamWorks’ “Rise of the Guardians”) and super-genius animator Genndy Tarkovsky (Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania”). Also being released next year is “ParaNorman,” the new 3D stop-motion film from Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio that gave us the wonderful “Coraline” back in 2009, and judging by the jaw-dropping new trailer, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

'Let Me In' Star Kodi Smit-McPhee To Get Shakespearean As Benvolio In 'Romeo & Juliet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 1:40 AM
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Already at a young age, Kodi Smit-McPhee has an eye for interesting, complex material. The actor first broke out starring alongside Viggo Mortensen in John Hillcoat's grim "The Road," and last year he shone in Matt Reeves' "Let Me In" as vulnerable Owen who discovers his beautiful neighbour played by Chloe Moretz, is also a vampire. Not to mention, he's also got a part in Ari Folman's upcoming sci-fi/animation hybrid "The Congress." Well the young thesp is set to stand opposite another up-and-coming actress in his next film.

Kodi Smit-McPhee Joins Ari Folman's Animated Sci-Fi Pic 'The Congress'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 5:31 AM
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Ari Folman's "The Congress," his animated, sci-fi followup to "Waltz With Bashir," has been in development for a while now, with early footage unveiled last year at the Cartoon Movie symposium in Lyons, France, and we're glad to see it's still alive, moving forward and set to start shooting. But before we get to the casting, here's what we know so far.

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