July 3, 2013
I noticed what seemed to be a deathly silence of the puppet mainstream released stop motion features. I am not hearing, excitement, buzz, & rumors about the next Stop Motion features? Example – Guillermo del Toro’s stop motion Pinocchio in perpetual limbo? My personal speculation was, that the power players who decide who gets the Oscars™, with their decision denying all three stop motion features, Paranorman, Frankenweenie, and Pirates Band of Misfits, released in 2012, that supposed prestigious award statue, that this sent a cold chilling signal to studios & suits not pursue the all puppet stop motion features? Their rational is, ‘Stop Motion’ features are not an immediate high box office cash cow for the suits/studios. Of course, they blame the ‘Stop Motion Technqiue’. IMO, kind of ass backward myopic thinking by the studios, BUT, I might be digressing. To my surprise this is a very early teaser just now released of a work in progress stop motion feature from Laika, called The Boxtrollers. Very polished & finessed of course. Just not sure of the story plot that might not appeal to the wider audiences. Maybe too early to make any judgments on such a brief trailer ….