Laika Studios Plans Next Stop-Motion Film with 'Goblins' Adaptation
Filmmaking in general is a very detail-oriented practice, but that goes double for stop-motion animation. The method has been around almost as long as filmmaking itself, and it's come a long way through the years from movies like King Kong and the works of Ray Harryhausen to 3D films like Coraline and Tim Burton's upcoming Frankenweenie. Variety reports that Laika Studios, the company behind 2009's Coraline, the upcoming ParaNorman, and a recent commercial from Wes Anderson, have a new 3D stop-motion animated film being developed called Goblins, which is based on the book by Philip Reeve. More below!
The story centers around Skarper, a clever young goblin who lives in a castle with a bunch of bickering goblins who do nothing but fight and loot all day. Only Skarper realizes that a new dark power is rising, and prepares himself for an epic battle between giants, trolls, swamp monsters, tree warriors, and more. Marc Gustafson, the animation director on Wes Anderson's 2009 stop-motion feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox, will direct. If Gustafson's name sounds familiar, it's because he is one of the co-directors on Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion version of Pinocchio that's been in development for a few years. The last thing we saw about that project was some early concept art over a year ago, but there's no update on whether that project was ever completed or if Gustafson simply moved on to this Goblins instead. We'll keep you posted with more information on both projects as they develop.