In all the hubbub over the next big Pixar Animation film or the next Disney Princess film, it's easy to forget there are still some independent animators out there working on some smaller, more off-the-wall material and in older formats like stop-motion and even (gasp!) 2D cell animation.
One of the most successful of the last few years has been LAIKA, which formed with Henry Selick to adapt Neil Gaiman's Coraline
into an Academy Award nominated film, then continued on without him to develop their second film, ParaNorman
, which was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film and also received many critical kudos for its heart and craft. The company brought it's latest offering, The Boxtrolls
(due September 26) to Comic-Con in San Diego this year. From the work shown off by directors Anthony Stacchi (Open Season
) and Graham Annable, and Lead Animator (and company CEO) Travis Knight, it looks like they've got another quality film on their hands.