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Calendar, Night&Day The Nightmare Before Bedtime

The Nightmare Before Bedtime

If Alice in Wonderland were retold by the Mad Hatter, it might look something like the 3-D, stop-motion Coraline, in which the bored, blue-haired 11-year-old of the title (voiced by Dakota Fanning) travels through the looking glass and ends up…
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Calendar, Night&Day Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame

Hand-drawn animation — at the going rate of 24 cels per second — may be the most labor-intensive form of filmmaking ever concocted by man, but stop-motion is right up there. The favored format of Henry Selick (Coraline), stop-motion animation…
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Film, Coraline in Wonderland

Coraline in Wonderland

If Alice in Wonderland were retold by the Mad Hatter, it might look something like Henry Selick's 3-D, stop-motion Coraline, in which the bored, blue-haired 11-year-old of the title (voiced by Dakota Fanning) travels through the looking glass and ends…
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MonkeyBone

"I call this his Fellini movie," says a chuckling Henry Selick, the Bay Area stop-motion animation wizard whose distinctive style elevated the children's tales The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach to cult fandom. Selick is busy…
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Alice Unchained

I might as well just come out and say it: Spirited Away is the best movie I've seen all year. Though it would be a masterpiece in any language, Hayao Miyazaki's animated spectacular (and Japan's highest-grossing film ever) is being…
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The Fan and the Movie Camera

"Long live the consciousness of the pure who can see and hear!" That statement by pioneer Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov kept reverberating in my brain after my prime movie experience this year -- watching his silent extravaganza The Man With…
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A Peach Grows in SOMA

It may be a simple little kids tale, but Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach has caused some grown-up headaches for movie director Henry Selick. After nearly three painstaking years, Selick's South of Market production company has finally completed…
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