From King Kong (1933), to The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, to Star Wars, stop-motion has been responsible for breathing life into my favorite monsters. Back in the early 90s when filmmakers got all sloppy drunk on CGI, stop-motion nearly got the electric-chair in Hollywood for being too fake and cheesy (I know, it’s hard to imagine anything in Hollywood being too fake and cheesy.) But in ’93, The Nightmare Before Christmas proved that stop-motion could be way more than jerky dinosaurs in a Saturday morning cartoon. Nightmare, and the stop-motion animated movies that followed, are some of the most original, technically challenging, and visually engaging movies you will ever see.
Debuting next week, ParaNorman is the latest stop-motion feature, and I have to say it looks amazing! Made by LAIKA, the same studio that produced Coraline, ParaNorman is a story about a boy with the ability to talk to the dead. After his small town falls victim to a centuries-old curse, Norman uses his powers to fight off witches, ghouls and a zombie horde.
In celebration of the August 17th release date, we have assembled the ultimate ParaNorman preview. We’ve got clips, featurettes, and teasers – and galleries of posters and stills!
We’ve even got a special Behind-the-Scenes page, with effects info, productions stills, and a ‘making-of’ featurette! It’s like getting the DVD extras before the movie even comes out! So feast your eyes on all this awesomeness, and then come back next week for our review!
National Allegiance of People and Zombies
Featurette: The Zombies of ParaNorman
Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)