SF – An Evening with The Boxtrolls

boxtrollsPress Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls with co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. Annable and Stacchi will share art and stories behind the making of The Boxtrolls, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and was released nationwide by Focus Features on September 26, 2014. The exhibition features concept art and puppets from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s third stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D.

About The Boxtrolls:

The Boxtrolls is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.

About LAIKA:

Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA is a feature film animation company located in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA’s first two films, Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012) were nominated for Academy Awards® and BAFTA® Awards.

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

NYC – Interview with an Animator

November 6, 2012 by  
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Director/screenwriter Chris Butler appears at the Society of Illustrators on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Press Release:

The advertising slogan for LAIKA’s new stop-motion movie hit ParaNorman could apply to the Oregon-based studio as well. Far away from the high-profile California animation studios, LAIKA burst on the scene with 2009’s Oscar-nominated Coraline and this year unveiled its new comedy thriller to acclaim. Like The Sixth Sense’s Cole Sear, 11-year-old Norman Babcock is able to see and speak with the dead. Summoning up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – Norman becomes the only person who can save his town from a centuries-old curse.

The movie enhances classic stop-motion animation techniques with cutting-edge digital technology. The LAIKA artisans’ offbeat sensibilities spark a unique visual style and unusual story; ParaNorman offers thrills, laughs, and emotional moments in equal measure, underscored with a message of understanding and acceptance of “different” people – even zombies.

On Tuesday, November 13th, Joe Strike will interview ParaNorman screenwriter Chris Butler, who with Sam Fell directed the movie, as part of his ongoing Interview with an Animator conversation series at the Society of Illustrators. Behind-the-scenes videos will showcase the low- and high-tech secrets of the movie’s creation, and Butler will reflect on the years bringing his labor of love to the screen. Actual props and other elements seen on-screen will be on display – get ready to meet Norman Babcock in person!

Tickets
$15 Non-members, $10 Non-members, $7 students/seniors

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Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

SF – An Evening with ParaNorman

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Chris Butler appears at the Cartoon Art Museum on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of ParaNorman with screenwriter and co-director Chris Butler on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. After amassing an impressive array of feature credits as storyboard artist, character designer, and sequence director over the past decade, Chris Butler marks his first feature as director and screenwriter with ParaNorman. Learn about the special challenges of creating a stop motion animation feature with a look at exclusive footage courtesy of LAIKA animation studio.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum on November 7, but they may also be pre-purchased through Guestlist Ticketing. Seating for this special event is limited, so advance reservations are recommended. Tickets for this event are $7, and Cartoon Art Museum members will receive two-for-one admission.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105