Latest news from ParaNorman
Posted by Peter Bowen | January 10, 2013
Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning and we are thrilled that the following Focus films have been recognized. PARANORMAN was nominated for Animated Feature Film for Sam Fell and Chris Butler. MOONRISEKINGDOM for Writing, Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola). And ANNA KARENINA goes home with four nominations: Cinematography (Seamus McCarvey); Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood/ production design, Katie Spencer/set decoration); and Original Score (Dario Marianelli). Congratulations to all. The winners will be announced during the Oscar ceremony on February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Click "READ MORE" below to read what the honorees had to say about being nominated.
Posted by Peter Bowen | January 9, 2013
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has come out with their nominations for 2013, and we're thrilled to see their recognition of three Focus films. Joe Wright's ANNA KARENINA had six nominations: Outstanding British Film (Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard); Original Music (Dario Marianelli); Cinematography (Seamus McGarvey); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer); Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Make Up & Hair (Ivana Primorac). MOONRISE KINGDOM was nominated for Original Screenplay for Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. And PARANORMAN's directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler were nominated for Best Animated Film. Finally ANNA KARENINA's Alicia Vikander's was nominated for The EE Rising Star Award, a honor that is voted for by the public. Congratulations to all for their much deserved honors. The winners will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 10 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
Posted by Peter Bowen | January 3, 2013
The Producer Guild of America (PGA) just announced their nominations for motion pictures and television for their 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. We are thrilled that both MOONRISE KINGDOM and PARANORMAN have been recognized. MOONRISE KINGDOM (Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales) was nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. And PARANORMAN (Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner) was nominated for The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. In addition, the PGA is giving the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures to Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, our partner in a number of projects, including most recently ANNA KARENINA. The 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 26, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Posted by Peter Bowen | December 19, 2012
It's almost scary how much critics, as do we, love PARANORMAN. Already this fun stop-motion wonder has been chosen as the Best Animated Film byten different critics associations, not to mention the multiple nominations it has also received, including a Critics' Choice Award nom. And the momentum is just beginning to build.
Winner of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle award for Best Animated Feature
Winner of the Chicago Film Critics Association award for Best Animated Film
Winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association award for Best Animated Feature
Winner of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association award for Best Animated Feature
Winner of the San Diego Film Critics Society award for Best Animated Film
Winner of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association award for Best Animated Film
Winner of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society award for Best Animated Film
Winner of the Southeastern Film Critics Association award for Best Animated Film
Winner of the Boston Online Film Critics Association award for Best Animated Feature
Voted the year's Best Animated Film in The Village Voice Critics' Poll
Posted by Peter Bowen | December 11, 2012
Nominations are rolling in. Most recently Critics Choice and the Phoenix Film Critics Society came out with their 2012 nominations, with Focus Features being robustly represented. For the Critics Choice Awards (bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association), MOONRISE KINDGDOM was nominated for Best Picture, Best Young Actor/Actress (Kara Hayward), Best Ensemble Acting, Best Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola), and Best Score (Alexandre Desplat). ANNA KARENINA was nominated for Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer). And PARANORMAN was nominated for Best Animated Film.
For the Phoenix Film Critics Society, MOONRISE KINGDOM was nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay - Original (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola), Best Ensemble Acting, Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen), Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female (Kara Hayward), and Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male (Jared Gilman). ANNA KARENINA was nominated for Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer). And PARANORMAN was nominated for Best Animated Film.
Posted by Peter Bowen | October 3, 2012
Just in time for the holidays, the spooky fun adventure PARANORMAN is coming out ParaNorman 3D Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on November 27, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In addition to the film, the DVD and Blu-ray will include a variety of extras, including 7 short segments showcasing Norman and his extraordinarily unusual costars, as well as a host of behind-the-scenes material.
This cutting edge stop-motion animated film, directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from LAIKA, tells the story of Norman, a boy who must use his gift of seeing and speaking with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse about to come true. The characters are voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Tempestt Bledsoe, and John Goodman.
For the complete press release, click here.
Posted by Peter Bowen | August 20, 2012
On Engadget.com, Brian Heater's story "How 3D printing changed the face of PARANORMAN" dives in deep into the amazing technological advances that made the stop-motion in the Laika's new adventure possible. Heater details his trip to Oregon to visit Laika's studio and seeing first hand how new 3D-printing technology has been tweaked to help create the hundreds of facial masks for each of the characters' myriad emotions. It's a fascinating eye-witness account about how cutting-edge technology meets old-world craft in telling film stories.
Posted by Peter Bowen | August 13, 2012
Red Mango, America's 2011 #1 Zagat-rated frozen yogurt and smoothies chain, launches a series of new flavors -- Lemonade Chiller and Lemonade yogurt -- just in time for PARANORMAN's opening. Like the stop-motion animation kid's adventure PARANORMAN, these chiller beverages - which are served in 16-ounce and 20-ounce sizes and available in three flavors: Frozen Lemonade, Frozen Strawberry Lemonade and Frozen Pomegranate Lemonade - bring back the fun of summertime, especially for kids. Red Mango's founder and chief concept officer, Dan Kim, remarked, "The power of lemon is its range for childhood excitement as well as adult sophistication. That's exactly what I want customers to experience when they enjoy a taste they love and remember in a new, healthful, fun and delicious way." He adds that PARANORMAN is "the perfect movie to partner with for our Lemonade line up of frozen yogurt and chillers...They both celebrate the creativity, imagination and thrills we have as kids, which we keep with us for a lifetime. The movie and our menu are fun entertainment at its finest." From August 6 - Sept. 17, while supplies last, all participating Red Mango locations will give customers $5 of Hollywood Movie Money for every $10 spent at Red Mango. Certain restrictions apply. Go to our official press release for full information.
Posted by Peter Bowen | August 13, 2012
Mekado Murphy's New York Times' article "Moving Ahead in Stop Motion" looks at the remarkable advancement in the technology deployed by Laika Studio in creating PARANORMAN. Speaking to the history of Laika, and its creative mandate, CEO Travis Knight says, "I wanted us to tell these weird, thought-provoking, thematically challenging, emotionally resonant stories, but I wanted us to do it in a new way." The piece goes on to describe how Laika brought this spirit to CORALINE and PARANORMAN.
Posted by Peter Bowen | August 13, 2012
Posted by Peter Bowen | August 9, 2012
PARANORMAN's Anna Kendrick (who voices Norman's cranky sister) stopped by Good Day New York to talk about the fun (and hard work) of creating her character behind a microphone.
Posted by Peter Bowen | July 26, 2012
The MTV Movies Blog has posted a video of three of PARANORMAN's cast -- Anna Kendrick (Norman's sister Courtney), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Norman's bully nemesis Alvin) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman) -- talking about the film's ghoulish fun at Comic-Con. Each talked about the fun of the film's final act. According to Smit-McPhee "It gives you chills. Just the music, the sounds and everything together, the effects. It's just crazy."
Posted by Peter Bowen | July 24, 2012
In "3-D Printing Goes Hollywood With Stop-Motion Animated Feature PARANORMAN," Wired magazine's Caitlin Roper looks at the revolutionary technology that went into creating the horror comedy about a little boy with a special talent. Indeed, as Roper points out, "With tens of thousands of printed parts, millions of hours of work, and billions of pixels invested, the project represents unparalleled innovation in handmade storytelling." Click through their editorial slide-show which beautifully illustrates how the puppets were assembled and animated, with great photos by Chris Mueller.
Posted by Peter Bowen | July 20, 2012
Wired.com posted a 20+ minute video of production Nelson Lowry at the Northwest Film Center in which he talked about his stint at LAIKA working on CORALINE and PARANORMAN, as well as helping Wes Anderson realize his stop-motion animation vision. It's a great talk, with lots on what Lowry calls his "dream job," that being his work on PARANORMAN. See the video here.
Posted by Peter Bowen | July 19, 2012
In special video from The Hollywood Reporter, Anna Kendrick (who plays Norman's sister) talks about the fun of bringing PARANORMAN to Comic-Con, along with her own super-heroics helping a poor damsel to apply her zombie make up.
Posted by Peter Bowen | July 18, 2012
In Collider, Anna Kendrick, who voices Courtney, Norman Babcock's self-obsessed sister, in PARANORMAN, gives a special Q&A from her Comic-Con panel. It's a spirited interview with Ms. Kendrick being fresh and fun. She talks, among other things, of seeing the image of her character for the first time:
it was not what I was expecting at all. She's got hips on her. I like that. It's cool! It certainly made me feel like I could go really far in the characterization, not just seeing Courtney, but seeing all the people and discovering the world and the tone that these characters live in.
Posted by Peter Bowen | July 11, 2012
EW.com's Inside Movies's Adam B. Vary talks with Kodi Smit-McPhee about playing 11-year old hero of the upcoming stop-motion PARANORMAN. While the film is scary fun for all ages, Smit-McPhee admits perhaps the scariest part of making the film for him was when his voice started to change.
Posted by Peter Bowen | July 10, 2012
If you are lucky enough to go to Comic-Con this year, one of the more celebs you'll run into this year is Norman Babcock, the 11-year-old hero of LAIKA and Focus Features' new animated comedy thriller PARANORMAN. The young star will bring his "ghoul whisperer" expertise to the Yahoo! MOVIELAND Experience this week at Comic-Con in San Diego. On Friday, July 13th @10:45 AM in Comic-Con's Hall H, ParaNorman will be presenting an exclusive panel in advance of its August 17th nationwide release; confirmed to participate are directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler; and actors Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Throughout the entire Yahoo! MOVIELAND Experience encompassing 2,000 square feet on-site at Comic-Con from Thursday July 12th through Sunday July 15th, attendees will be able take a photo with Norman and several of the zombies invading his hometown of Blithe Hollow. Each attendee will walk away with not only a physical copy of their photo but also a digital copy that has been e-mailed to them.
Yahoo!'s Comic-Con MOVIELAND space will allow attendees to experience a life-size interactive game board with movie-related content (trivia, quizzes, etc.) customized to some of the summer's biggest movies, including ParaNorman. MOVIELAND highlights and special attractions will include actual movie props, "augmented reality" photo booths, visits from actors including Kodi Smit-McPhee (who voices Norman) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who voices Norman's classmate Alvin in ParaNorman), and chances to win exclusive on-site prizes including movie tickets. For more on PARANORMAN at Comic-Con, go to the official press release.
Posted by Peter Bowen | June 27, 2012
Travis Knight, the CEO/Lead Animator of LAIKA, and his little friend Norman (and star of the big summer movie PARANORMAN) team up to promote the good work of the Will Rogers Institute in a new PSA to be shown in theaters all summer long. See the PSA above, and learn more about the Will Rogers Institute here.
Posted by Peter Bowen | April 30, 2012
In a recent Los Angeles Times article, "On the Set: 'ParaNorman' in a wacky world of its own," Booth Moore traveled up to Oregon to visit Laika studio where stop-motion animators are finishing up work on Chris Butler and Sam Fell's wacky zombie adventure PARANORMAN. It's fascinating look at the ideas, designs and hard work that go into making such a labor-intensive work like PARANORMAN. But why use stop-motion? Co-director and screenwriter Chris Butler waxes poetic about the rough-hewn beauty created through this technique: "we wanted to find the coarseness, the asymmetry, the broken edges. And everyone we roped in along the way in some way added to that." Indeed as Booth adds:
There is also a warmth and whimsy to Norman's zombie-shaped electric toothbrush and fuzzy zombie slippers, and eccentric Mr. Prendergast's (voiced by John Goodman) doodled-on puffer vest and trucker hat emblazoned with a beaver wielding a wrench.