Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stop motion = cooler than CGI

Aside from Up, the movie I've probably enjoyed most so far this year has been Coraline - which reflects less, I believe, a predilection for animated, 3D, family fare, than those films' abilities to tell original stories, truly for audiences of all ages. 

While some editions of the DVD - out next month - will come with standard red-and-blue 3D glasses, director Henry Selick plans to release another version, with more sophisticated technology, in the future, when he hopes home 3D systems will become more commonplace. (For more of Selick's thoughts on the production and stop motion-animated art of the movie, go here.)

In the meantime, fans can check out the new, Off Broadway stage production of Coraline, with music and lyrics by the Magnetic Fields' Stephen Merritt. Or revel in the news that Selick and Neil Gaiman, upon whose book the movie is based, are planning on working together again.  More good news? Gaiman's latest novel, The Graveyard Book, is being adapted by Crying Game director Neil Jordan. 

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