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A clever little stop motion piece involving parkour and the ground!

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News: Laika Auction

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There’s something magical about stop motion animation. All forms of animation and fascinating in their own ways but to me stop motion is something special. It’s a process whereby actual puppets magically spring to life on film through the grueling frame by frame work of animation wizards and among those magicians no one does it better than Laika.

Last night, Animation Insider was proud to have been invited to the Laika auction at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills where we saw a great many amazing pieces of art which ranged from storyboards, development art, and actual sets and props to maquettes and fully articulated painted puppets that were actually used in the films Coraline, ParaNorman, and the Boxtrolls. Laika uses a process whereby they sculpt models with 3d software and then print them out on 3d printers so they can swap out multiple faces for different expressions. A laborious task to say the least.

A Focus Features rep (the distribution company for the animation house) was on hand giving a bit of details on the process  and he told me that Laika used a new type of 3d printer for Boxtrolls and it’s pretty clear as you look closely at these newer puppets. It’s also very clear to see that they’ve learned a tremendous amount over the course of the three films because the level of detail on the Boxtrolls puppets is far greater than Coraline and ParaNorman and if you look closely you can see seams on the faces of the earlier film’s puppets but on the Boxtrolls ones, there were none at all that were visible. Still, all the puppets were beautiful in their own ways. The level of detail they put in their puppets and sets is astounding, and to think that the puppets are poseable is hard to believe. When you look closely you can see that the later models even have tiny eyelids that slide down over the eyeball, an engineering feat that baffles me. The cars all had working steering mechanisms and the headlights all turned on as well.

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My favorite by far was the Boxtroll villain Snatcher played by Ben Kingsley. This beautifully sculpted puppet stood about two and half feet tall and when you consider it’s size it’s even more amazing that it can stand. It was painted with such detail that you could see the wrinkles on his fingers, (all bendable mind you)  and even the shine on his nails. The auction runs until tomorrow so if you’re in the L.A. area it’s totally work visiting.

Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills
9478 West Olympic Avenue, Beverly Hills, CA

Incredible Time-Lapse Shows the Time Consuming Labor Behind Stop Motion Animation

I’ve always loved the art of stop motion. To me it’s almost like magic, whereby these actual dolls come to life, moving, singing and laughing. It’s an incredible feat of work and talent and the amount of preparation that goes into it, is truly astounding. That said, here’s a little snippet from the end credits of The Boxtrolls, which captures a tiny bit into the herculean amount of work that goes into making even one scene of stop motion animation. Enjoy!

About The Boxtrolls: 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. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family

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News: “THINK INSIDE THE BOX” WITH AMAZON.COM BOXTROLLS CONTEST

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“THINK INSIDE THE BOX” WITH AMAZON.COM CONTEST

INSPIRED BY FAMILY EVENT MOVIE THE BOXTROLLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SANTA MONICA, California, September 17th, 2014 – To celebrate this month’s nationwide release of the family event movie The Boxtrolls, Focus Features has teamed with Amazon.com for the “Think Inside the Box” contest. The most original and creative Boxtroll costume made out of the distinctive Amazon.com box (or any unbranded cardboard box) will be determined by  the contest judges and Amazon.com Facebook fans, with the winner receiving $3,000 in Amazon.com Gift Cards.

The contest, which runs through Friday, October 17th, invites participants to make a costume the way the Boxtrolls do – out of a box – and submit a photo via Amazon’s Facebook page. A panel of judges will evaluate all submitted original costume creations inspired by the Boxtrolls themselves. The resulting finalists will then be put to a vote on the Amazon Facebook page, where fans will weigh in to select the lucky winner. Photos must be submitted by Friday, September 26th; voting takes place Monday, October 13th through Friday, October 17th. Contest details and a link to the rules can be found at www.amazon.com/boxtrolls.

Wearing boxes like turtles wear their shells, the Boxtrolls are kindhearted tinkerers who have used their imagination to build a home and community beneath the cobblestoned streets of the town of Cheesebridge. They are always making unique and creative costumes, using their imagination. Among the Boxtrolls friends – named after what was originally in the boxes they wear – are Fish, Shoe, and an 11-year-old boy named Eggs who thinks he’s a Boxtroll.

About The Boxtrolls

Being released nationwide by Focus Features on Friday, September 26th, The Boxtrolls (www.TheBoxtrolls.com) is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, 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 a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.

Contact:           Marvin Gray/FOCUS FEATURES

marvin.gray@focusfeatures.com