February 7, 2013
ParaNorman Team Announces Boxtrolls
The new animated project, to be filmed in 3D stop-motion/CG, boasts a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.
November 29, 2012
Parental Guidance: Men in Black III, ParaNorman, and Step Up Revolution
Sorry, folks: if you?re looking for new family fare in theaters this week, you?re out of luck, as the two wide releases -- Killing Them Softly and The Collection -- aren?t safe for kids. However, the good news is that we?ve got some interesting DVD choices, including the sci-fi comedy Men in Black III and the animated horror parody ParaNorman. Without further ado, check out the best bets for family viewing this week!
August 16, 2012
Critics Consensus: The Expendables 2 Is (Mostly) Big, Dumb Fun
This week at the movies, we've got macho mercenaries (The Expendables 2, starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham); a zombified community (ParaNorman, with voice work by Kodi Smit-McPhee and Casey Affleck); an arboreal child (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton); and troubled songstress (Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston). You pretty much know what you're getting with The Expendables 2: a group of past-and-present action stars wisecracking and blowing stuff up real good. The surprise, say critics, is that this sequel tops its predecessor in just about every way; sure, it's dumb, loud, and a little too self-conscious, but it's got enough muscular action and funny one-liners to delight the popcorn crowd.
August 16, 2012
Five Favorite Films with ParaNorman Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Following the success of Henry Selick's wondrous Coraline in 2009, the team at Laika studios are back this week with their second animated feature, ParaNorman, another stop-motion marvel concerning the misadventure of a young outsider and his spooky connection to the land of the dead. Pitched as "John Hughes meets John Carpenter," it's written by Coraline and Corpse Bride animation artist Chris Butler and co-directed by Butler and Aardman alum Sam Fell, with voices by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and John Goodman, and music by Jon Brion. We had a chance to chat with Fell and Butler this week ahead of the movie's release, where they talked about five of their favorite movies -- and how they influenced the creation and execution of ParaNorman.