My Hollow Head

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On Friday, August 17, Focus Films and the genius animators of Laika will release the jaw-dropping, soon-to-be classic 3D animation masterpiece ParaNorman. This isn’t your typical CGI, 90-minute cartoon made for kids with a spattering of pop culture humor for the big kids, er…I mean adults.

When it comes to stop-motion animation, the team over at Laika is really creating some amazing art. The makers of Coraline ( have surpassed the realm of imagination with ParaNorman. So, to launch the official countdown to ParaNorman let’s take a look at the intricate work necessary to make a story like ParaNorman come to life.

Unlike other totally computer generated films, ParaNorman animators take advantage of rapid prototyping (the use of 3D printers) to produce literally thousands of tiny faces that are pulled together to create every facial expression humanly possible – from the most subtle to the most extreme. Check out the quick video below that shows how they make this magic possible:

Excited yet? Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow as we start to identify the celebrity voices behind the the colorful townspeople of Blithe Hollow.

ParaNorman open Friday, August 17. Check theater listings for times in your area. Coraline is currently available on DVD.



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