The Art of The Boxtrolls

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Philip Brotherton [Chron­i­cle, $40]

Feast your eyes on the bril­liant ar­ray of draw­ings, paint­ings, ma­que­ttes and pup­petry minu­tia that went into LAIKA’s lat­est stop-mo­tion master­piece. This 160-page hard­cover strives to give fans as di­verse a pic­ture of the pro­cesses be­hind this in­ten­sive an­i­ma­tion tech­nique as pos­si­ble. Well-cu­rated spreads doc­u­ment character evo­lu­tions (in­clud­ing con­cepts that were aban­doned as the stu­dio fine-tuned its adap­ta­tion of Here Be Monsters), give a glimpse be­hind the scenes and zoom in on in­cred­i­ble de­tails.

The book also does a good job of ex­plain­ing LAIKA’s unique process, which in­cor­po­rates 3D printed fa­cial re­place­ment and CG set ex­ten­sions. Although with so much po­ten­tial ma­te­rial to in­clude, read­ers will likely be left want­ing more. As stu­dio founder Travis Knight says in his amus­ing — and in­sight­ful — pref­ace, “[LAIKA’s] artists draw from the theater, the stage, and the tech lab. Our char­ac­ters and world are spawned from pen­cil and pa­per, sculpted by hu­man hands, de­signed with com­put­ers, and man­u­fac­tured by ma­chines. Within the stu­dio’s walls, cin­ema’s his­tory col­lides with its fu­ture.”

goes at the Ni­hilist Film Fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing chaos in L.A.’s Echo Park neigh­bor­hood for one night only. (ni­

Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles karate kicks its way to DVD shelves, along­side Un­cle Grandpa: Vol. 1.

Peter Jack­son wraps up his epic Tolkien tril­ogy with

re­leases Tomm Moore’s folk tale-in­spired gem Song of the Sea in NY and Toronto to­day.

birth­day to DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion hon­cho Jef­frey Katzen­berg!

Brothers Grimm mash-up Into the Woods casts a spell over the hol­i­day week­end.

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