'The Boxtrolls' and Laika: The Bad Boys of Studio Animation

by Mike Ryan September 24, 2014 @ 9:46 AM
There’s a particular scene in ‘The Boxtrolls’ that truly exemplifies the bravado of Laika – an almost “I don’t give a f---” attitude toward focus groups and the societal norms of what an animated films should be. The problem is, this scene can’t be described in its full detail because it would be considered a spoiler. Let’s just say that, instead of redemption – a theme we see quite often in animated films – a character explodes. He literally explodes off this mortal coil with no chance of any kind of redemption ever again … or breathing, for that matter.

'ParaNorman' Creators Reteam For Animated Film 'The Boxtrolls'

by Britt Hayes February 7, 2013 @ 1:02 PM
LAIKA/Focus Features
LAIKA, the studio that brought us the Oscar-nominated animated feature 'ParaNorman,' is reuniting with Focus Features for a new animated project called 'The Boxtrolls' and it sounds too cute. Are these guys the new Pixar?

'Wreck-it Ralph' Wrecks the Annie Awards

by Jacob Hall February 3, 2013 @ 10:30 AM
The Annie Awards may not be as high profile as the Oscars, but they're always a fascinating look at a corner of the film and television world that is often overlooked during the awards season: animation. Considering the company's legacy, it feels appropriate that Disney dominated at the 40th Annual Annie Awards, with 'Wreck-it Ralph' and 'Paperman' going home as the big winners.

Weekend Box Office Report: 'Expendables 2' VS 'The Bourne Legacy'

by Jacob Hall August 19, 2012 @ 1:15 PM
Although they differ in style and tone in every way imaginable, 'The Expendables 2' and 'The Bourne Legacy' are both action movies and they share the same audience (people who like watching people beat up other people). The slick, modern 'The Bourne Legacy' was last week's box office champion, so everyone was wondering if its success would cut into the opening of the brawny, '80s throwback that is 'The Expendables 2.' Or vice versa. Well, the numbers are in...

'Paranorman' Review

by Jordan Hoffman August 16, 2012 @ 7:06 AM
Focus Features
From the opening synthesizer chords aping the soundtrack from VHS classics like John Carpenter's 'Prince of Darkness,' I knew 'Paranorman' was made with care.
Visually electrifying, but still clearly handmade, 'Paranorman' is a striking marriage of form and content. Set in a New England hamlet with a witch trial-based tourist economy, it tells the story of a young boy who has the ability to see and talk with ghosts. Basically, 'The Sixth Sense,' but fun.

'ParaNorman' and 'Wreck-It Ralph' TV Spots

by George Roush July 30, 2012 @ 9:30 PM
Focus Features/ Walt Disney Animation
This is one of the best years in recent memory for animation nuts. We've gotten a new Pixar movie, we're getting a new Walt Disney Animation movie, and we've got four stop-motion animation films for 2012 (bonus points if you can name the other three). Now you can see some new TV for two upcoming animation movies -- 'ParaNorman' and 'Wreck-It Ralph.'

New Movie Releases - August 2012

by Britt Hayes July 16, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
Universal, Film District, Columbia, IFC, Lionsgate
August is summer's last hurrah at the box office. As such, there are a ton of fantastic films hitting your local theater this month, including some of the best independent films of the year so far. Read on for our list of theatrical releases and dates for this August and start planning accordingly.