Sunday, January 11, 2009


We finally used the cheapest store brand we could get because it popped more realistically. We didn't want all these big, fluffy kernels.

Art Director Tom Proost in the January 2009 issue of Metropolis referring to the popcorn that he and his team used to create apple blossoms for the stop-motion animated movie Coraline.

The filmmakers used old school stop motion animation techniques to produce Coraline, going against the grain of today's much more economically produced computer generated graphics.

The movie is based on the book which I've never read, but just well may, given all the enthusiastic titter about it on Twitter.

Plus, it's been a while since we had a John Hodgman fangirl moment on this blog, and Hodgman plays Coraline's dad.

I'm in.


anniemcq said...

the previews look amazing. We'll definitely be there.

mrtn said...

I like the book a lot. Much more than Gaiman's adult fiction to which I am mostly very indifferent. It's an extraordinarily frightening children's book which will no doubt permanently scar many young lives. Like a lot of Gaiman's work for children, it deals with the dualism of parent figures. How they have a dark side and a light side. It's scary as hell:

It sounded like her mother. Coraline went into the kitchen, where the voice had come from. A woman stood in the kitchen with her back to Coraline. She looked a little like Coraline's mother.
Only her skin was white as paper.
Only she was taller and thinner.
Only her fingers were too long, and they never stopped moving, and her dark red fingernails were curved and sharp.
“Coraline?” the woman said. “Is that you?”
And then she turned around. Her eyes were big black buttons.
“Lunchtime, Coraline,” said the woman.
“Who are you?” asked Coraline.
“I'm your other mother,” said the woman. “Go and tell your other father that lunch is ready,”

Chapter 1 is here.

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