'ParaNorman' Stop-Motion Featurette Shows How They Made Norman
Ah yes, the wonderful hand-made art of stop-motion animation. Like the art of hand-drawn animation, I hope stop-motion animation never goes away, and we continue to see movies made like this. Focus Features has debuted (via SlashFilm) a featurette for Laika's ParaNorman showing, in just under 60 seconds, what goes into manufacturing and creating the posable main character Norman to use in making this film. It's fascinating to see all the weeks of work that goes into this sped up to this speed, but seeing this reminds me why I still love stop-motion movies. It's the personal touches that go into making this perfect that I admire.
Watch the new "Making of Norman" featurette for Laika's ParaNorman, embedded via YouTube:
Norman, 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. The voice cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Chris Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman.
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.
Reader Feedback - 3 Comments
Thanks for posting stuff like this! I'm always fascinated with the ways aspects of movies are created (like stop-motion animation, or how sound is done, etc), and although this was super short, it was amazing to see. Now to finally get my hands on a copy of Harryhausen's Jason and the Argonauts...
Emma on Jul 11, 2012
That was greaaaaaaaat. Made my day. So good to see the process.
Carpola on Jul 12, 2012
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