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Tubby the Tuba sings about Henry Selick, CORALINE, FANTASTIC MR FOX & HERE BE MONSTERS!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with one of the sweetest contributors that I believe has ever brought us news. Tubby the Tuba. He's such a fine instrument. Mr Frog told me so, and he has a beautiful song for us all to sing-a-long to. Pull up a chair. Listen to him, his song rings true...

Hello there Mr Conductors, sir.

I'm Tubby, Tubby the Tuba and along with my beautiful song, George Pal gave me an undying love of stop-motion animation and the animators that touch us and bring us to life. For some time now I've followed the wonderfully articulated and animated wonders of Mr. Henry Selick. He's such a polite and gentle man, filled with love for our animated friends.

Being a bit of a celebrity in this world of animation, I have a great deal of insight into Mr Selick's world and I can tell you, just as sure as I have to blow my spit valve, that Henry is moving full speed with his highest priority being CORALINE. Not only that, but he's dedicating himself to not wimping out and to honor Mr Neil Gaiman's fine fine book. The good people at LAIKA, the company that Selick is running now have just been so dedicated and brave. It really is a wonder. If you wish, check out the poster concepts they have running over at! Oh, how I wish I could share with you the glory of their story reels on this film. Henry's brought together his old friends like Mr Pete Kozachik, Micke Cachuela and the honorable Anthony Scott.

Sadly, Mr Selick is no longer at work on THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX - when he had the chance to bring Gaiman's CORALINE to life, he had to choose, as there was not time in his life for both. As for HERE BE MONSTERS, it is just at the beginning of the translation process. At this point, Mr. Selick hasn't decided whether or not he'll do the film with a co-director, or merely supervise another director to make sure that within the span of a human life, he'll have the time to do all the wonderful visions he would like to give us. He is, however, completely in love with the character designs and tone and is dedicated to translating it in the wonderful artform of my dearly departed friend, Mr. Pal. Yes, it will be stop motion.

As for Henry's prior work - remember on JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH there was a tyrant of an exec riding him like those trombones used to ride me. And with MONKEYBONE - his life was constantly a nightmare that he barely awoke from. At Laika, Henry has found a home for his ideas, ambitions, dreams and an unending stream of stop motion animated glories.

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  • April 3, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Laika is moving into all cg features

    by cganimation

  • April 3, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST

    I have to say...

    by Dr. Meirschultz

    It really makes me happy that stop-motion can still be a marketable medium in Hollywood today. It really is a vastly under-appreciated art form, especially in today's world of CGI where it seems like any hack can be considered at the forefront of special effects for producing something that no one in their right mind would consider even remotely realistic looking.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    no mr fox?

    by MisterCynic


  • April 3, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Tony the Tuba is in love with Henry Selick

    by chickychow

    "For some time now I've followed the wonderfully articulated and animated wonders of Mr. Henry Selick. He's such a polite and gentle man, filled with love for our animated friends." They don't call this dude Tony the Tuba for nothin.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:40 p.m. CST

    by Billy TwoRivers

    Well, if Selick is gone where does that leave Wes and Mr Fox?

  • April 3, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST

    what the hell

    by troutpencil

    that was really gay. really, really, really gay.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:32 p.m. CST

    I love your movie, Tubby.

    by Lenny Nero

  • April 3, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Why are all my posts being deleted?

    by wingman321

    Seriously, why are my FIRST's posts all being deleted?

  • April 3, 2006, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by casinoskunk

    so what is wes anderson doing? will fox be made at all?

  • April 4, 2006, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Wingman, isn't it obvious...

    by thelivingdoll

    They're acting in a suppressive, totalatarian manner to keep us thinking about V for Vendetta. Of course.

  • April 4, 2006, 12:38 a.m. CST

    No they're not...

    by HighTonedSOB

    Laika's not moving to all CG. They're going to have a dual pipe with CG and StopMotion.

  • April 4, 2006, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Regarding deleting my FIRSTs

    by wingman321

    If my FIRSTs get deleted, there was no reason for me to get a talkback account :( I waited 2 years until they finally fixed the registration process

  • April 4, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Aawww man!!!

    by bob oblaw

    i knew it.. mr. fox will never happen. :-(

  • April 4, 2006, 1:46 a.m. CST

    I don't know who this Selick character is...

    by litzapalooza

    ...but if there's no Mr. Fox, where does that leave Wes Anderson these days?

  • April 4, 2006, 1:47 a.m. CST

    thanks Tubby

    by Bryan

    That was a quick answer to questions I asked in that other talkback. I'm bummed about Mr. Fox though - as much as I like Gaiman's book I was much more excited about a Wes Anderson scripted/Henry Selick directed/Roald Dahl story in stop motion. What could top that? Nothing. So now the big question (other than if Anderson is doing Mr. Fox with someone else, as others have asked): is Coraline CG or stop motion? Last time I read an interview with Selick he was leaning toward CG but left open the possibility of stop motion or some kind of combo.

  • April 4, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    i thought Wes Anderson was doing Fantastic Mr. Fox

    by HypeEndsHere

  • April 4, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    You don't think Anderson would be doing any actual WORK

    by JustinSane

    do you? Nope, it woulda been Selick slaving away one frame at a time while ol' Andy sat back and sipped a margarita.

  • April 5, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Lol, "dual pipe".

    by Photoman

    I love it when people try to talk "the lingo" to make it appear they're in "the biz".

  • April 6, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Actually punk...

    by HighTonedSOB

    I am "in the biz" dumbass, for close to a decade so for me it isn't "talking the lingo", it's talking shop, so go back to the kids table and eat your turkey. Now, to the other adults in the room, Coraline is all stop motion with some cg effects work. Similar to Corpse Bride.

  • April 10, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    i still think we need...

    by satansteve

    a cgi remake of sharky and george, the crimebusters of the sea.