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‘The Boxtrolls’ opening 9.26.14 (usa)

August 18, 2014

Have not had much interest from the mainstream tent pole genre films releases, for the consumption by the general public/audiences. IF I do decide to watch any of them, it is not at the theaters but instead, I wait until they are available for rental or down-streaming.

I see only one, that is an all puppet stop motion feature ‘The Boxtrolls’ from Laika studio in Oregon, USA. Of course since Stop Motion works, is ‘Stop Motion’ centric :) , I would be remiss if I did not do a post about ‘The Boxtrolls’. Laika Studio is not exactly typical mainstream tinsel town and I would consider more ‘Independent’ and not part of corporate Hollywood-esque.

Here is one of the trailers ….

Below are a few links that may be of interest if you like behind the scenes & making-of:

From JoBlo site Three Part series, Boxtrolls set visit … PART 1PART 2PART 3


From Animation Magazine, lots of photos … Behind the Scenes with Boxtrolls


From Cartoon Brew … How Laika Pushed 3D Printing to New Heights with ‘The Boxtrolls’

Mini-rant :) – All this hype about 3D printing, I still have some mixed feelings. If you read above article, the numbers of printed faces are reaching hyper-mega numbers to over 52,000 printed face parts?? I LIKE stop motion ‘replacement’ animation techniques. It is NOT a new method … GEORGE PAL did this in the 1940’s where the puppet parts where ‘hand-made’. Today for the very minority few of studios that do high-end stop motion and if they have the budget …. using 3d printing methodology is essentially first doing ALL the facial animation IN THE COMPUTER, then they are printed-out as individual plastic face parts. So essentially, the creation of the facial animation is based in the CGI technique.


The Boxtrolls website

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Films - Shorts - Animation, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “‘The Boxtrolls’ opening 9.26.14 (usa)”

  1. sasquatch says:

    Just as the CGI films all start to look the same, there is a definite “sameness” to this…like they’ve come up with a formula in the prescribed way that things should move.
    However; I’m glad we have these films to balance out the all CG kids films of Disney et al.

  2. George says:

    Kind of tough to get into this one after your coverage of “The Fall of Vinton Studios” ;)

  3. Dave Hettmer says:

    As much as it’s supposed to be different, this sounds like the same story as Coraline and ParaNorman. There are only so many good stories, so it’ll be nice if they can pull off another version of this one.

    I wonder how much they rely on CG elves for these films. CG for faces, CG for seam cleanup on the faces, and so on. It’s effective in that they can get facial expressions that you can’t achieve using purely mechanical means. Corpse Bride is an example where a reasonably full range of expressions seemed just a bit repressed due to limitations of the mechanics, but that was appropriate for the Victorian period of the film.

    But on the other hand, the rest of the environments in ParaNorman and Box Trolls are real. Real props, real sets, real photons lighting all that realness. So everything about each film is clearly from the same universe. Unlike films such as Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which was riddled with glaringly obvious live action inserts into CG sets.

    So I guess that it’s not so bad since the CG printed faces are designed to fit into the rest of the puppet physical universes.

  4. StopmoNick says:

    This is one I’ll be going to at the cinema, and getting the DVD as well! I don’t bother with the cgi superhero explosion-fests at all.


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