Behind the scenes on ParaNorman
17 Aug 2012
A look at the incredible detail behind Laika's latest stop motion effortAs you may have noticed from my slightly (or not so slightly) fawning set visit to Aardman animation earlier in the year, I am consistently astounded and thrilled by the amount of work and effort it takes to bring stop motion movies to life.
Happily, the art is in rude good health, with Aardman beavering away at their next and directors like Wes Anderson having a go at the format with Fantastic Mr. Fox. Few stop motion companies have more cache than Laika – the American chaps who made a hell of a debut in 2009 with creepy kids flick Coraline.
They’re back with another feature in what, in animation terms, counts as double quick time as ParaNorman heads to cinemas this year. It’s the tale of a strange young boy who has a special gift which allows him to see dead people. And that comes in handy when a curse shakes up the corpses in his quiet town.
Today, we’ve come across a behind the scenes look at ParaNorman from an interesting perspective which gives you a small idea of just how intricate and painstaking the entire production is, and how talented the individual artists are.
Behold – the epic life story of… a desk lamp.
A tiny detail which may appear in just a single shot, hand crafted and lovingly presented. Spare a thought for these artists when you see the full movie.Paranorman is in cinemas in North America from the 17th of August and arrives in Ireland and the UK on the 14th of September. We’re hoping to chat to co-directors SamFell and ChrisButler very soon.