Tag Archives: stop-motion

The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! Review – it’s totally awesome

The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!

No Starch Press has a new book out. It’s called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! I received the book for review on my dad blog and I can tell you it’s as cool as it sounds like. The 216-page book is full of great information on how to make animated LEGO movies. My oldest son has been playing around with making animated movies and he thinks this book is awesome. It features useful advice and wonderful graphics for the budding stop-motion animator. The book was written by expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett. In the book, they share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step. The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.76.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings | Laika Studios

The kids and I saw an early screening of Kubo and the Two Strings on Monday. We loved it and think it’s Laika’s best film to date. The new stop-motion movie features more CGI than previous Laika movies. I also thought the film was more emotional than previous releases from Laika. Parts of the story were sad and reminded me a little of the opening story in Disney Pixar’s Up movie. The soundtrack was also excellent — during the sad scenes. Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika Studios and Focus Features) is out in theaters today. The 101-minute animated film is rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer, Posters and Interactive Map

Kubo and the Two Strings

My kids and I are excited about Laika Studios’ latest stop motion film, Kubo and the Two Strings. The animated movie is about a boy with the power to bring origami characters to life through his storytelling. I visited the Kubo set a couple of months ago and I was impressed with all the details of the film. I think the new movie is going to be a big hit. Kubo and the Two Strings opens nationwide August 19, 2016.

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A Set Visit to Kubo and the Two Strings at Laika Studios

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings, which will be released August 19th, is Laika Studios’ latest film. The movie is about a boy named Kubo. He has the power to bring origami characters to life through his storytelling. Kubo and the Two Strings, like Coraline, Paranorman, and The Boxtrolls, is a movie animated mostly through stop-motion techniques. Luckily for me, Laika Studios is located in the Portland area and I was fortunate enough to receive a behind the set tour of Kubo and the Two Strings.

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Movie Review: ParaNorman – fun for kids, parents, and zombies

ParaNorman movie ~ Laika Studio

Two of my kids and I saw a screening of ParaNorman (Laika) last night. Laika is the studio that created Coraline. I enjoyed the movie, and loved the 3D stop-motion animation. My kids loved the movie too and giggled throughout the film. ParaNorman opens in theaters today. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of ParaNorman.

The 411 for ParaNorman

The story A boy has to stop a witch from raising the dead
Appropriateness for children It’s a fun movie for children, but there are a couple of mildly tense scenes
Positives
  • Lot of laughs
  • Great 3D stop-motion animation effects
  • Witch and zombies storyline
Negative
  • Dragged a little at times
Release date August 17, 2012
Rating Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
Runtime 93 minutes
Genre Animation, comedy

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So that's how they made Norman in the ParaNorman movie

Making Norman video ~ ParaNorman, ~ LAIKA Studios

The kids and I can’t wait until ParaNorman [Facebook | Twitter] opens in theaters on August 17th. When it comes to ParaNorman, I’m a little bias for a couple of reasons. First, the 3D stop-motion animation was made in the Portland area. Unlike LA, a lot of films are not made in our city. The second reason I’m high on ParaNorman is because my daughter and I went on a tour at LAIKA Studios a few months ago, and we got a behind-the-scenes look at ParaNorman. BTW, LAIKA is also the animation studio that created Coraline.

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A behind-the-scenes look at ParaNorman – coming soon to a theater near you

ParaNorman 3D stop-motion animation film ~ LAIKA Studios

My oldest daughter and I were invited to a tour of LAIKA Studios about six weeks ago. LAIKA is the animation studio that created Coraline. LAIKA’s next movie is ParaNorman (Focus Features), which opens in theaters this summer (August 17th). My daughter and I got a behind-the-scenes tour for the production of ParaNorman [Facebook | Twitter]. All production on ParaNorman took place in a huge, 151,140-square foot building in Hillsboro, Oregon. A large space was needed because ParaNorman had a crew of over 320 designers, artists, animators and technicians. At any given time during the shoot, there were 52 separate shooting units.

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