Monday, July 23

I thought ParaNorman was from the same people who did Monster House but it is not.

 I thought ParaNorman was from the same people who did Monster House but it is not. There is this new movie out August 17 called ParaNorman, about kids and ghosts and monsters. It looks similar to the movie Monster House, but I am not saying plot-wise---it reminded me stylistically. But it turns out that Monster House was produced by ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Columbia Pictures.

 ParaNorman is actually produced by Coraline creators Laika, distributed by Focus Features. LAIKA, Inc. is an American stop-motion animation studio specializing in feature films, commercials, music videos, broadcast graphics and short films. The studio is best known for its stop-motion feature film Coraline, released in 2009.  Laika is owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight, and is located in Oregon's Portland metropolitan area; Knight's son Travis acts as its President and CEO. The company has two divisions, Laika Entertainment for feature films and Laika/house for commercial work such as advertisements and music videos. Their feature films are distributed by Focus Features.

I thought ParaNorman was computer animated like Monster House but it is actually stop-motion animated film like Coraline. Currently in production at the Hillsboro studio are a stop-motion film ParaNorman slated for an August 17, 2012 release, and an unnamed production for 2014. Laika has also optioned Colin Meloy's fantasy novel Wildwood, and Philip Reeve's fantasy book Goblins to make feature film adaptations. The voice cast includes Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Elaine Stritch and Tucker Albrizzi.