Poster News: 'ParaNorman' Take Home Art + Drew Struzan Returns
Who doesn't love art from Drew Struzan? We have great news - he's coming out of retirement! SlashFilm reports that Struzan is apparently starting work on new, original art for Mondo. He recently had his poster for The Thing printed, and they've worked with him on a few other projects. Now he's "going to start doing new stuff. Not just old stuff. 'I'm sitting down and thinking of new ideas for new stuff that you guys have.'" More from Mondo's Justin Ishmael in their update. In addition, Peter of SlashFilm tweeted a link to a blog with some fantastic, take-home posters for Laika's ParaNorman, the stop-motion animated indie horror.
First up, on Drew Struzan. This guy is a legend, all of his artwork is amazing, even for movies I don't like much. I didn't even know he was retired, but I'm more than happy to hear he's coming back to do more work for Mondo. I know there's a growing resentment towards Mondo, but if they can get this guy to make new art, I'm all for it. I know that Struzan has been frustrated Hollywood hasn't been hiring him more. Go figure.
Next up, these posters for ParaNorman, that excellent-looking stop-motion horror. At first glance, there's not much to look at. But when you hear the story, this is awesome. They explain this wall of posters looked like it was just two taped together. But in actuality: "the posters are the same movie posters that are pasted on the billboard, however the top ones are placed backwards with sticky putty. It seems as though they were meant to take home." If so, that is genius. It's easy to find cool posters, who doesn't want to take one right off of the wall? Damn, that's good. Here are a few better photos from the MELROSEandFAIRFAX blog:
This last photo added from @modage, showing all the different ParaNorman poster versions being placed.
I thought this was such a unique idea that I had to feature it. Plus, ParaNorman looks great, and I love the fun, freaky, goofy design of these posters. I would take one! Such a great idea for a marketing campaign. Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), a boy who's able to speak with the dead, has to take on zombies, ghosts, witches and worst of all, grown-ups, to save his small town from a centuries-old curse. (Trailer!)
ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell (director on The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away) & Chris Butler (storyboard on Coraline and Corpse Bride). The original screenplay is by Chris Butler. Stop-motion animation studio Laika is producing out of Portland, OR, with Focus Features distributing. ParaNorman is currently set to land in theaters in 3D starting August 17th this summer. For more, visit their official site.