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Watch: Gorgeous Trailer For Laika's Stop-Motion 'The Boxtrolls' Starring Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 12:54 PM
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With CG-animated blockbuster "How To Train Your Dragon 2" landing in theaters this week, it's not surprising that it seems to be cartoon week in the animation world. Only minutes ago, we had the trailer for DreamWorks Animation's "The Penguins Of Madagascar," and now, one of its fall rivals has also debuted a new trailer, in the shape of Laika's "The Boxtrolls."

David Gordon Green Teams With Laika, Interested In Making A Movie About Richard Pryor's Experience On 'Lost Highway'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 7, 2013 9:42 AM
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As initially chaotic the career choices of David Gordon Green appear, it should also be noted that the director maintains a consistent roster of collaborators. His latest film, “Prince Avalanche” starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, features much of the same crew from Green's “George Washington” days, and one of them — composer David Wingo — even scored his student short film. It's a loyal group of talent, and so it is with little surprise that Green will tackle a new curveball project with regulars, while hinting at a few intriguing others.

Laika & Focus Features Announce New Animated Feature 'The Boxtrolls' For 2014 Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 8, 2013 12:22 PM
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This has been a crazy week for animation news – Henry Selick's seemingly doomed “The Shadow King” got resurrected; DreamWorks Animation’s financial troubles became very public (leading to schedule shifts and the cancellation of one film); and now here’s another bit of animation world news to get the blood going: Seattle-based stop motion studio Laika and Focus Features will reteam once again for “The Boxtrolls,” which has officially started production, for release on October 17th, 2014. This is the painstaking world of stop motion animation – get cracking boys!

Laika Sets Untitled Movie For 2014 Release; 'The Internship' With Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn Moves Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2012 11:16 AM
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Another release date shuffle so get out your calendars and make adjustments as you see fit.

Laika Passes On Henry Selick's 'Shadow King,' Project Gets Shelved

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2012 6:29 PM
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Such is the world we live in, where Len Wiseman gets hired to direct a reboot of "The Mummy," yet Henry Selick can't get a movie made at a studio. And while there was a brief ray of light for Selick's "Shadow King" (aka "Shademaker" ) after Disney scrapped it last month, with Laika taking a look at the movie, it now seems that the project is dead.

Henry Selick's Scrapped Disney/Pixar Project Might Be Headed Back To Laika

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 26, 2012 9:05 AM
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Back in August, Disney shut down production on Henry Selick's eagerly anticipated new stop-motion animated film, which at one point bore the name "Shademaker," for a myriad of reasons - the tone and story for the movie never solidified the way the studio wanted, the production was moving way too slowly, and Selick clashed frequently with the Pixar Brain Trust, who were overseeing the project in an advisory capacity. (The film was set to be Pixar's first stop-motion film, at least initially.) Earlier this month Disney quietly announced to shareholders that they were taking a $50 million hit on a canceled project, which ended up being "Shademaker," which to us signaled that the movie was dead and that the initial option for the filmmaker to take it to another studio had been exhausted. Well, it looks like Laika, the company behind this summer's brilliant "ParaNorman" and Selick's own "Coraline," could step in to rescue the movie.

Review: Brilliant Animated Movie 'ParaNorman' Is One Of The Summer's Biggest (And Best) Surprises

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 4, 2012 10:44 AM
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This summer has been full of big, glitzy animated movies from most of the major studios that have made tons of money but left audiences cold. None of them were particularly imaginative, entertaining or emotionally involving, instead choosing to coast on a steady stream of solid (if not exactly dazzling) images and a host of comfortingly familiar celebrity voices. And yet, at the tail end of the summer, along comes a movie proudly told in an old school animation style, from a tiny animation house and distributed by a studio known mostly for distributing arty fare like "Brokeback Mountain," that blows away all the slick studio confections both in terms of sheer visual wonder and (more surprisingly) emotional heft. Laika's stop-motion wonder "ParaNorman" isn't just the best animated movie of the summer, it's one of the best movies of the year. Period.

'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Animation Director Mark Gustafson To Helm 'Goblins' For Laika Studios

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 19, 2012 9:59 AM
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The sheer thought of animated production house Laika making a new feature should excite most any cinephile or fan of animation, especially with their track record that includes “Coraline” and the upcoming and equally tantalizing "ParaNorman," the horror-themed story of a young boy who looks to save his town from an ages-old curse. We’ve already seen a few trailers for that project, we know composer extraordinaire Jon Brion will be handling soundtrack duties, and frankly we’re pretty excited.

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.

Animation Studio Laika Takes On 'Wildwood' From Decemberists' Frontman Colin Meloy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 3:32 AM
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The heat behind Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based stop motion animation studio (owned by Nike bigwig Phil Knight) that unleashed 2009's outstanding fantasy film "Coraline," has cooled somewhat since that release. The reason, of course, is that "Coraline" director (and Laika creative head) Henry Selick left the company shortly after "Coraline" was released – after unsuccessfully attempting to renegotiate his contract, he bolted for Pixar, setting up that studio's first stop-motion division (about which we have heard precious few details, besides an October 4th, 2013 release date for its first film).

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