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Making Of Featurette For Stop Motion Adventure ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’ Released
The Movie God   |  

Kubo and the Two Strings Making Of Featurette

We’ve already seen a couple of impressive trailers for the wonderful looking Kubo and the Two Strings. The movie is a stop-motion animated feature from LAIKA Entertainment, makers of Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. The movie stars Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.

While trailers are exciting, it’s seeing what goes in to making these meticulous stop-motion films that’s most fascinating. Focus Features has released a new making of featurette for Kubo and the Two Strings called “Myth of Kubo.” You can check it out below.

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New ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’ Trailer Released
The Movie God   |  

Kubo and the Two Strings

A second trailer has been released for Kubo and the Two Strings, the latest stop-motion animated feature from Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls creator LAIKA Entertainment. The movie stars Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Unlike the wonderful first trailer, which was all about the visuals and music, this new trailer focuses more on the film’s story.

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Must Watch: Trailer For Stop-Motion Movie ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’
The Movie God   |  

Kubo and the Two Strings

We’ve seen a few really gorgeous stop-motion films come out of LAIKA Entertainment, including Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. With their latest effort, Kubo and the Two Strings, they most certainly appear to be continuing that trend after watching the new trailer for the movie, which mixes both awesome visuals and an epic instrumental cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

The movie stars Game of Thrones actor Art Parkinson (who plays Rickon on the HBO series—which is pretty cool as his TV big brother, Bran actor Isaac Hempstead Wright, starred in LAIKA’s The Boxtrolls) in the role of Kubo. Joining him on the cast is Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Click on over to the other side now to read a synopsis for the movie and check out the trailer.

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Celebrating 10 Years Of LAIKA Stop-Motion Animation (Video)
The Movie God   |  

LAIKA 10th Anniversary

The stop-motion animated films of LAIKA Entertainment might not be the most financially successful features released, but there is no denying the incredible amount of detail they put into creating their miniature worlds. Many would opt for just digitally animating the movies, but LAIKA stays dedicated to their craft. And it’s a real shame they don’t do much bigger numbers at the box office, because the tiny worlds they create really are incredible.

LAIKA is celebrating their ten-year anniversary this year, and to mark the achievement they have released a brief video looking back at their work, including the features Coraline, ParaNorman, and most recently, The Boxtrolls.

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‘The Boxtrolls’: A Look At The Amazing Work That Went Into The Stop-Motion Feature (Videos)
The Movie God   |  

Laika Entertainment's The Boxtrolls

If you’ve seen 2009’s Coraline or 2012’s ParaNorman, then you know the kind of top-notch stop-motion animation work that Laika Entertainment can deliver. With their next feature, The Boxtrolls, they of course aim to set the bar higher.

While we can watch, enjoy, and appreciate a movie for what it is, not always do we really see what goes into making it. This is especially the case for stop-motion films, which require an unfathomable amount of work and detail to pull off successfully. With The Boxtrolls set to hit theaters this Friday, distributor Focus Features has unveiled a pair of new videos that will give you a greater appreciation of the art of stop-motion.

You can check them out below.

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One Final Hauntingly Funny Trailer For Laika Studios’ ‘ParaNorman’
eelyajekiM   |  

ParaNorman

ParaNorman has been getting a lot of positive buzz lately, but just in case you don’t know that a stop-motion animated film about a misunderstood kid who can communicate with the dead is coming out tomorrow, Laika Studios is releasing one more trailer to remind you that there is one.

This is an Internet special trailer and it won’t be released anywhere else. Check it out below.

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Watch This Behind-The-Scenes Footage For Laika’s Newest Animated Feature ‘ParaNorman’
eelyajekiM   |  

ParaNorman Header

Putting together a full-length stop-motion animated feature is perhaps the most tedious thing to watch. Every movement has to be just right, it may be a long process, but it will all pay off in the end. So now a new featurette for ParaNorman shows just how important it is to get things right. Check out the video below.

The production process for a stop-motion animated feature is just amazing. Watching the ParaNorman animators piece together all the characters, design the set pieces, and make the puppets move is something that future filmmakers and animators will truly enjoy. But if you’re of the group that just loves these behind-the-scenes footage, then I suggest you watch the video below.

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Contest: Win 2 Tickets To ‘ParaNorman’ Premiere in L.A. This Sunday
Dave3   |  

ParaNorman Premiere

THIS JUST IN! One of our lucky West Coast readers is about to win a pair of tickets to the Los Angeles, CA premiere of the newest stop-motion effort from LAIKA, ParaNorman! This lucky winner will be attending the glitzy & glamourous L.A. premiere with the stars of ParaNorman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, and Tucker Albrizzi.

ParaNorman is premiering in Hollywood, CA this Sunday afternoon, and if you’re the type of geek who can make your own way to/from the the screening, we’re the geeks to provide you with the pair of tickets.

One (1) winner will receive:

  • One (1) Pair of tickets to the ParaNorman premiere in Los Angeles, CA

Note: This giveaway is open to Los Angeles-based fans that can provide their own transportation to/from this event on Sunday 8/5. Will Call information will be provided to the winners.

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Go LIKE Geeks of Doom on Facebook. If you’re not a Facebook user, alternately, you can follow us on twitter, or subscribe to the Geeks of Doom email digest. Click here to sign up.

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!

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Contest: ‘Coraline’ Prize Pack
The Geeks of Doom   |  

Coraline Prize Pack-Win this awesome stuff!Longtime readers probably already know this, but we here at Geeks of Doom are huge fans of both Neil Gaiman‘s and Henry Selick‘s work. We’ve read all the books, seen all the movies, and geek out every chance we get while having discussions about them all. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen The Nightmare Before Christmas or reread American Gods, but needless to say the answer is A LOT. Don’t worry, we’ve got a point here…

Thanks to the awesome people at Focus Features and Laika, we’ve been given the super-cool opportunity to give away some exclusive games and gear from Coraline, Henry Selick’s upcoming stop-motion animated 3-D movie based on the awesome Neil Gaiman book, and whoa are we super excited! Man, we love running this site.

Anyhooo… go ahead and enter for the chance to be one of six lucky winners — those are images of the prizing here at right (click for larger view) and check out the movie trailer, stills, and poster images and info about Coraline below the entry form. Weeeeee!

Three (3) Grand Prize winners will receive:

  • One (1) Coraline Video Game (Wii or PS2 [formats TBA])
  • One (1) Coraline Book
  • One (1) Coraline Button Key
  • One (1) Coraline Movie Tie-in Book
  • One (1) Coraline Button set
  • One (1) Coraline Pen
  • One (1) Coraline T-shirt
  • One (1) Coraline Alphabet Collector Cards
  • One (1) Coraline Bookmark

Three (3) First Prize winners will each receive:

  • One (1) Coraline Movie Tie-in Book
  • One (1) Coraline Button set
  • One (1) Coraline Pen
  • One (1) Coraline T-shirt
  • One (1) Coraline Alphabet Collector Cards
  • One (1) Coraline Bookmark

TO ENTER: Fill out the form below and submit. Entry form is here after the jump.

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Doom Deliveries: ‘Coraline’ Handmade Box
Empress Eve   |  

At the end of October, I was invited by Laika Entertainment to a sneak peek here in NYC of their upcoming 3D stop-motion animated feature Coraline. I got to see 30 minutes of the film, after which writer/director Henry Selick came out for an audience Q&A.

Soon after the screening, I got an email from the Coraline Team out in Portland, OR, telling me to be on the lookout for a package from them specially made for me with me in mind and that I will be one of 50 people slated to receive such an item — each being one of a kind.

This is a big deal for me, because I’m a great fan of the Coraline book, I love stop-motion, and c’mon, it’s Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas. There’s a reason I can’t stop writing about this project! Anyhow, so I couldn’t imagine what they’d be sending, but the other day it arrived — a handcrafted aged box with an oval plate that read “Handmade in Oregon – 14/50.” Inside the box was a weathered letter with a wax seal with a black button just like the ones used in the film. The letter explained why I was getting such a unique gift and a bit about how it was made. From what I can tell, from the few other people online I saw who’ve gotten their own box, most of the message is a standard form letter, but there’s one paragraph that specifically addresses the recipient. My paragraph has some nice things to say about Geeks of Doom (we’re artistic, hilarious, unconventional…), but probably the coolest thing it said was …

THAT’S WHY WE ADMIRE GEEKSOFDOOM – (GREATEST NAME EVER).

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