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  • Animation: Five awards-contending directors take us behind the lines

    Animation: Five awards-contending directors take us behind the lines
    Part Pablo Picasso, part George Patton, animated filmmakers must possess an unusual mix of artistic vision and managerial savvy. Five directors who recently came together for the Envelope Animation Roundtable discussed the unique demands of the medium. In a conversation at the Los Angeles Times, Graham Annable (“The Boxtrolls,” with Anthony Stacchi), Dean DeBlois (“How to Train Your Dragon 2”), Don Hall (“Big Hero 6,” with Chris Williams), Jorge Gutierrez (“The Book of Life”) and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie,” with Phil Lord), tackled such topics as the pitch that goes wrong, the virtue of studio negligence and solutions for decision fatigue.
  • BAFTA Selects Breakthrough Brits

    LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has revealed the 18 talented newcomers chosen by members of the film, television and games industries as the 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. The Breakthrough Brits were chosen by a jury of...

    Review: 'The Boxtrolls' ★★

    Review: 'The Boxtrolls' ★★
    Fans of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman," the deft, eccentric supernatural fairy tales created by Oregon-based Laika animation house, have every reason to anticipate "The Boxtrolls." Laika's latest feature is based on Alan Snow's 2005 book "Here Be Monsters!"...

    Reminding audiences the Boxtrolls are real-world creations

    The new film "The Boxtrolls" from Laika follows a young boy (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) who is raised by an underground enclave of small trolls who live in boxes. He meets a girl (Elle Fanning) who helps him fight against a scheming exterminator...

    The perils of stop-motion in 'The Boxtrolls'

    "The Boxtrolls" is the latest production from Laika, the company that made the films "Coraline" and "ParaNorman," which were both nominated for the Academy Award for best animated feature. Again using the stop-motion animation process rather than the...