Henry Selick to animate Alan Snow's HERE BE MONSTERS!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of good news for us fans of Henry Selick. Sure you're a fan of Henry Selick. If you liked NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH or if you were the one that didn't want to claw their eyes out during his live-action venture, MONKEYBONE, then you are a Henry Selick fan. He's going to head up the adaptation of Alan Snow's children's novel HERE BE MONSTERS for Laika Entertainment, a relatively small animation boutique who outbid the big studios for the rights to the book.
The book centers on a young boy named Arthur who is trapped in a town called Ratbridge. His way home is blocked by an outlaw named Snatcher, who is planning to take over and then destroy Ratbridge.
Any new (animated) work by Henry Selick is good news, especially if this Laika people wanted the project for Selick so badly they paid so damn much for it (six-figures). Hopefully they'll trust him to make the film as good as it can be. What do you folks think?
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April 3, 2006, 12:43 a.m. CST
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April 3, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST
Kudos, you God before Men.
April 3, 2006, 1:56 a.m. CST
Laika is cool. They are owned by Phil Knight of Nike, Oregon's only Billionare, and he wants them to be small, creative, an quirky (read a profile of them in the paper recently here in Portland). They came out of what used to be Will Vinton studios. So they should let the project do its own thing.
April 3, 2006, 2:45 a.m. CST
by bob oblaw
Does anyone know what the status is on the adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel by good ole' Henry & Wes Anderson?.. i'm droolin over here!
April 3, 2006, 3:45 a.m. CST
Can't wait already.
April 3, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST
might need to change that to wingman123? You have raised the standards of First! posters for ages to come.
April 3, 2006, 10:11 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
With even Aardman animation going CG on their next feature (Flushed Away), we need to keep the "old-school" animation techniques alive for new generations, and Henry Selick is an absolute genius.
April 3, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST
What's the deal, does this mean once again that CORALINE (the Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean story) is not happening? I thought they had already started that one. If he's in the middle of two full length stop motion features (including FANTASTIC MR. FOX) you'd think it would be hard to start thinking about the next one. On the other hand, Selick did start doing computer animation with that short MOONGIRL and was possibly going to do CORALINE that way. So that would be a little bit faster, but it still makes me think at least one of those movies isn't going to happen. Anyway Quint, Laika isn't really *that* small, they did CORPSE BRIDE. Since it was somewhat widely seen and nominated for an Oscar I'd say they're fairly big.
April 3, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST
What happened to The Wes Anderson Mr. Fox stop motion film?
April 3, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST
If the the live action sections (especially the New York scenes)hadn't looked so damned cheap, it would have been a near perfect film. More Stop Motion!!
April 3, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST
James' aunts were supposed to be crushed to death by the rolling giant peach. I guess Disney was having none of it; when they showed up at the movie's climax, I screamed "what the hell!" at the movie screen, even though I was only thirteen years old. I wanted death!
April 3, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST
You know, I was so looking forward to it that I asked Harry, whenever I saw him in the chat room, when it would be coming out. For months. Then, finally, it came out (for like a week before it was pulled) and I saw it. And was horribly, horribly disappointed. Not nearly offensive enough for adults, but too offensive for kids - I thought it would be very Bakshiesque. Seemed sloppily cut. Eventually, I watched it again and found myself liking it a bit more. Saw the special features and saw how they were a bit more extreme than what ended up in the film. Now, every time I see it I find myself liking it a bit more - the dream sequences are truly great. Now I actually like the film. Sure, it's not perfect (Whoopi Goldberg as Death? Horrible), but I'm turned around from hating it to actually enjoying it. Strange, but true!
April 3, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST
Someone must have told Selick that Whoopi Goldberg IS comedy death and he misunderstood them.
April 4, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST
When it's good, it's good but when it's bad - man oh man is it bad. But it has it's charms (Thomas Hayden Church, Bob Odenkirk's organ harvesting, the quite pleasing aesthetic of the Darktown sequences) and as a casual collector in the genre of complete failures that are actually interesting but flawed little pieces of celluloid quirk -- Monkeybone rates with the underrated Cabin Boy's and Hudson Hawk's of the world. It's too bad the powers that be wanted more Brendan Fraser acting like an ass and less stop motion. I think if Selick and Samm Hamm had been allowed to run wild Monkeybone could have been on a par with say, Beetlejuice. But alas .... However, I think Monkeybone is noteworthy for being the only movie wherein Chris Kattan is remotely funny.
April 4, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST
Dakota Fanning was signed, and has a pay-or-play deal, no? Anyway, when will Selick's SLOW BOB or Cal Arts short SEEPAGE ever be released on DVD?
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