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LAIKA Announces Next Feature...and It's a Mystical Samurai Movie!!!!

Laika, the studio behind The BoxTrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline has announced it's first film of three in it's new distribution deal with Focus Features (fourth in their partnership) entitled Kubo and the Two Strings.

Kubo, is an epic fantasy written by Chris Butler (ParaNorman) and Marc Haimes.  It will be directed by Laika President and CEO Travis Knight.  Knight is, without a doubt, one of the best Stop Motion animators relevant today.  It would be unfair for me to deem him the best Stop Motion animator ever only because there are many other great animators, too.  For instance, one of my favorite memories of his animation is the zombie graveyard scene in ParaNorman (if you want to go watch him talk about that scene go here).  There have been certain scenes, like that one, that have taken over a year to animate overall!!  As of the directorial choice, only time will tell.  Knight will also be producing the film with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman).  Knight said this when announc…

Short Flicks: Christmas Shorts 2014!

As of posting this, it is, in fact, Christmas.  After all your wrapping I think you deserve a little treat, some Stop Motion cookies for Santa.  Below I've posted three of what I think are some of the best interesting little tidbits, Stop Motion gold in animator tongue, consider it your holiday present (or a present on whatever day of the year you're watching this!) from SMG!!

The first thing on our list is, actually, a music video that's not Stop Motion, but uses a very similar technique of puppets, sets, and polyester!! Fantastically done and a great song as well, reminding us what Christmas is all about!

For King & Country - Baby Boy: http://youtu.be/6CxFb4J-DHg



The Carol of the Penguin from Kevin Ulrich:http://youtu.be/CxKo3oun058


Yeti Christmas from Azod Abedikichi on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/azod/yeti


Merry Christmas!!!

Screen Novelties/NBC's Stop Motion "Elf"

Elf, the wildly popular 2003 Christmas movie has been turned into, by our friends over at Screen Novelties a Stop Motion Christmas musical made for TV.  If Stop Motion Christmas musicals are your thing, then this is for you.  If not, then you can still enjoy the BTS!

Below's the embedded video but you can also go to the NBC page dedicated to the project where you can also find a ton of other BTS goodies.  And remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is for singing loud for all to hear.

Until next time, have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! (look out, there'll be some more posts coming up soon!!)


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