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Download a sweet design viewbook from the creators of ParaNorman

paranormanviewbookMy family and I went to see ParaNorman in 3D at the theater when it came out last August. My husband and I had been surprised at how scary the movie actually was as we watched.

Although news and blog reports said the movie was supposed to be more like Scooby-Doo than anything horror related. I think the only thing it has in common was the fact that the movie wasn’t real, it was animated. There were some very dark elements that I do not think the Scooby Gang would have investigated.

There is a witch in the movie who is really a young girl and she was burned at the stake as a child. That kind of storyline was something I didn’t expect from a movie I thought was geared for children. However, both boys liked the movie and I don’t think they really understood some of the deeper undertones so that is a blessing.

The movie is still the topic of talk even now that it has been out of theaters for five months. It has been the winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards, winner of Character Animation & Design by the Annie Awards and now also nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a GLAAD Media Award, ParaNorman was made at the LAIKA Studios located in Oregon.

Over the two years of making the movie, a dedicated crew of over 320 talented animators, designers, artists, and technicians came together to hand-craft the year’s most original animated feature.

The creators of ParaNorman have released a really snazzy “viewbook” which shares their process and story of creation. You can download it in PDF format by clicking the image, it is a large file. If you want to view it online, click here.

Movie Synopsis:

“ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

Have you heard and seen Crabapple, Boekbinder, & Batt?

Okay so this video is really great. It looks like it probably took ages to make, all the illustrations and pieced together animation, I love it!

It’s called “I Have Your Heart” and it was put together by Crabapple, Boekbinder, & Batt.

Kim Boekbinder is the lady behind the music. She performs under the alias The Impossible Girl which is also the title of her debut solo album released in 2010. Her music defies all realms of what is mainstream and on air these days. She is currently working on an album ‘The Sky Is Calling’, and believe it or not it has been mostly crowdfunded. How often do you find an artist the crowds love so much that they band together to raise money for album production?

Boekbinder’s music has piqued my interest in spite of the fact that it took me a few listens to really get into “I Have Your Heart” but then it was stuck in my head and so I sought out more. You can hear more from her in am embed below this video. Each song is a gem. Great lyrics, vocals, melodies and fantastic production.

A little bit about the illustrator seen in this video, Molly. She has created Victorian inspired art for clients including The New York Times, Red Bull, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and more. Molly’s fine art projects include Week in Hell, where she locked herself in a hotel suite for a week, filled 270 feet of walls with art, going quite mad in the process, and Shell Game, a crowd-funded series of ornate, six foot tall paintings about the revolutions of 2011. Super cool.

The genius animator who brought the video together is Jim Batt. He is a filmmaker who currently splits his time between Melbourne and New York, working as both a live action film director and stop-motion animator. He has directed several award winning short films, the feature length silent film ‘Dreamtangle’, as well as many other music videos.

More music from Kim Boekbinder can be heard here:

Jim 
Batt
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 – Animator
http://www.jimbatt.com
http://www.twitter.com/battsignal

Molly
 Crabapple – 
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Illustrator
http://www.mollycrabapple.com
http://www.twitter.com/mollycrabapple

Kim
 Boekbinder 
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Musician
http://www.kimboekbinder.com
http://www.twitter.com/kimboekbinder

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ParaNorman can speak to the dead AND the grownups

I cannot wait to see this movie, I definitely want to take my oldest son, Brae, but I’m not sure it would behoove me to take Finn because he is only 3 years old. Although he is very brave, it might be too much in a big, dark, theater.

On behalf of Focus Features, we would like to share several new clips from their upcoming film ParaNorman, in theaters nationwide August 17th!

ParaNorman, LAIKA’s zom com follow-up to Coraline is coming August 2012—which is actually quick for animated stop motion zombies.

Story: The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated “Coraline.” “ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

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Oh baby, I love freebies and monsters

Baby is on the brain. A girl can’t help it when she’s 25 weeks pregnant! So this very interesting bassinet I saw at MoCo Loco intrigued me.

It looks like something you’d see in a Disney movie doesn’t it? I kind of want a larger version for myself.

The Argington line of children’s furniture by ODA, New York’s Office for Design & Architecture, includes the Hagia bassinet and the V & A art easel.

It needs some extra padding for me though, I’m not digging the laying a baby on a board idea.

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Creature Comforts has a Valentine freebie for you crafty hearts out there. If you head over to their site they have an iron-on transfer perfect for lovely, romantic designs. It’s very Jerry Maguire of them.

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And you know you want to see animated monsters in real-world environments on a Friday afternoon don’t ya?

Good. Then check out these short clips by Volstok Telefunken.