Wes Anderson, famous for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox has decided to create a new film. Much like his film, Fantastic Mr. Fox he will be starting production of a new stop motion film. But instead of Foxes, he’s decided to create a stop motion film surrounded by dogs. Pre production has already begun but more details of the film should be leaked later within next year. I’m interested in seeing what his portrayal of dogs will be like considering throughout his movies like Moonrise Kingdom, a dog gets shot with an arrow. With his past films I expect this movie to be filled with vivid color, humor, hipster like music and adventure.
A stop motion sci-fi action thriller following Dot, a renegade grey squirrel trapped on a hostile and mysterious red squirrel island. Teaming up with a reluctant acorn partner, she uncovers a horrifying red squirrel plot. Can Dot and Mr Acorn survive Squirrel Island? 585 backers pledged over 10,00o Euros to bring the project to life. The kickstarter ended in November 2, 2015.
Montreal Festival Stop Motion is the world’s first festival dedicated to showcasing films animated exclusively using stop motion techniques. Created in 2009 by Érik Goulet, a stop motion animation teacher at Concordia University, the Festival is first created under the name of Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival (MSMFF). The event is since organized around the following goals to promote, present, bring together and stimulate art and artists within the community. The Festival gathers professionals and independent creators alike as well as enthusiasts and fans of all ages for a truly unique cinematic experience. The festival runs from September 16 to September 18, 2016.
“If you must blink, do it now.” This is one of the first lines of the movie, Kubo and the two strings. I’ve been waiting a few years for this film to come out and it certainly reached my expectations. I honestly can say that this movie is probably one of the better, or even best Laika films I have seen. The storytelling was fantastic and kept the plot interesting and concise. While watching this film I was always at the edge of my seat. The animation or in this case stop motion was impeccable and had me wonder how they were able to capture certain moments from the monkeys hair, origami and fighting techniques. The voice acting was very well done and the plot in itself is something that really grabbed my attention. I will not spoil anything but this movie has many messages of culture, acceptance and bravery all entwined into one. This movie can be enjoyed by children and adults and appreciated from both sides from the art style, soundtrack and plot. By the end of the movie I tried to hold back tears from the captivating message of the film and could relate to the individual characters shown throughout the film. Instead of having a movie focus solely on the hero you are shown the perspectives of the other characters and what they’ve experienced. The movie is a tale in itself and certainly tied at my heartstrings. I believe this movie will be nominated for an Academy Award this year. It will certainly earn a few awards at the Annie’s year. I’m hoping it makes the list and even is recognized as best animation this year compared to the other American films I’ve seen this year. I give this movie 5 strings out of 5. If you want more information on the plot please visit my previous blog post.
Laika an American stop-motion animation studio specializing in feature films, commercial content for all mediums, music videos and short films have recently announced their new film for 2016. Laika known for their two Oscar nominations for Coraline, ParaNorman and most likely BoxTrolls for 2015 has announced their underway with their fourth installment with Focus Features. This will be the first movie in the the new three picture partnership between Laika and Focus. Their new film, Kubo and the two strings will be filmed in the company’s signature 3D stop motion and CG technique. The new film is described as a “sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.” The film is set for release on August 19, 2016.
The screenplay was written by Marc Haimes and ParaNorman writer-director Chris Butler. CEO Travis Knight will be producing the film with Arianne Sutner who is known for working on the movie ParaNorman. The movie will feature a star-studded voice cast including, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Brenda Vaccaro. Art Parkinson, best known for his role on Game of Thrones playing Rickon Star will voice the title character Kubo.
It was recently announced that, The Boxtrolls opened with an estimated $17.3 million in the United States. It also accumulated $5.1 million from 17 international territories which made its growth in foreign countries to a whopping $17.7 million. Even though Boxtrolls surpassed Coraline which opened in 1,165 fewer theaters and had a $16.8 million dollar debut this is still a huge milestone for Laika. Even though the company has not been able to generate the same amount of money from Disney Animation and DreamWorks the stop motion/animation company is still growing. I will be surprised if this movie does not make the list for best animation this year and I’m really hoping it takes home a few Annie awards. With the work that went into this film from lighting, details in set, props, characters and time; the artists, designers and animators should be proud of the work they accomplished.
Congratulations to the team of Laika!