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Coraline director Henry Selick returns to Disney for next film

Apr. 1, 2010by: Mike Sampson

For animation fans this is particular exciting news (and to be honest, it should be exciting news for fans of good movies in general). Henry Selick, who began his career as an animator with Disney in the 1970s, is returning to the studio with an exclusive long-term deal to make stop-motion features for Disney/Pixar. Selick, who abruptly left Laika, producers of CORALINE, last October was brought back into the Disney fold by close friend (and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios).

While the deal doesn't expressly say this, I'm guessing Selick may soon be making a Pixar film. The announcement comes with word that Selick has been spending quite a bit of time at Pixar's Emeryville headquarters lately and that his new offices will not be in Los Angeles but in the Bay Area, nearby to the Pixar campus. It's also mention that Selick will tap into the Pixar "brain trust" (Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Lee Unkrich, etc.) for his films.

No project has been announced but Selick hopes to direct both original content and film's based on previously written literature. While Selick made his directorial debut with Disney in 1993 with THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, he was unceremoniously let go by the studio after JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH failed to attract an audience (somewhat ironically, Disney felt GIANT PEACH failed because audiences had already seen the future of animation with Pixar's TOY STORY).

Extra Tidbit: If UP wasn't as good as it was, CORALINE should've easily won Best Animated Film at the Oscars last year.
Source: Variety

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4:51AM on 04/02/2010

Henry Selick's doing stop-motion

but for Disney/Pixar. Given the mutual admiration society between Lasseter and Selick, there's no way Pixar will try to make him do CGI animation if he doesn't want to.

Oh yeah, and a little extra for all you Coraline fans: Henry Selick has said he would be more than happy to work with Neil Gaiman again.
but for Disney/Pixar. Given the mutual admiration society between Lasseter and Selick, there's no way Pixar will try to make him do CGI animation if he doesn't want to.

Oh yeah, and a little extra for all you Coraline fans: Henry Selick has said he would be more than happy to work with Neil Gaiman again.
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6:41PM on 04/01/2010

NICE!

I love PEACH, NIGHTMARE and CORALINE, but he should stick to stop motion instead of going new age with CG films, he's a prodigy, don't kill the dying art of stop-motion.
I love PEACH, NIGHTMARE and CORALINE, but he should stick to stop motion instead of going new age with CG films, he's a prodigy, don't kill the dying art of stop-motion.
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4:48AM on 04/02/2010
Read the article again: he's staying with stop-motion but getting Disney's $$$ and Pixar's Brain Trust. We all win.
Read the article again: he's staying with stop-motion but getting Disney's $$$ and Pixar's Brain Trust. We all win.
3:57PM on 04/01/2010

Not Pixar

The article says that he will be seeking help from the Pixar brain trust and their technology, but this doesn't mean he will be making a Pixar film, just that the creative minds of Pixar will offer assistance. When John Lasseter took over as CCO of Disney animation, every animated film overseen by him, essentially, became an unofficial Pixar film, because he brings the same passion and creativity to Disney animated films (like Bolt and The Princess and the Frog) that built Pixar animation.
The article says that he will be seeking help from the Pixar brain trust and their technology, but this doesn't mean he will be making a Pixar film, just that the creative minds of Pixar will offer assistance. When John Lasseter took over as CCO of Disney animation, every animated film overseen by him, essentially, became an unofficial Pixar film, because he brings the same passion and creativity to Disney animated films (like Bolt and The Princess and the Frog) that built Pixar animation. Disney animation officially owns Pixar, but Lasseter makes the decisions now, so Pixar has essentially taken over all of Disney animation. However, that doesn't mean Henry Selick will be making movies for Pixar. It simply means Pixar's influence, which extended to Disney animation, will stretch to anything Selick makes. Having a close friend with such a strong history in animation as a boss will be good for Selick. Once again, Lasseter brings in another animation genius to help rebuild Disney animation. He has been the best thing for Disney since, well, Walt Disney!
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3:45PM on 04/01/2010
Wow. This is TREMENDOUS news. Coraline is an instant modern classic but I still think that Selick was at his best when he was at Disney, and to hear that not only is he returning to the Mouse House, but that he will possibly be collaborating with PIXAR, is probably the most exciting film-related news I've read this week. Pixar are making their first foray into live action soon - could they perhaps be trying their hand at a stop-motion animated film as well?
Wow. This is TREMENDOUS news. Coraline is an instant modern classic but I still think that Selick was at his best when he was at Disney, and to hear that not only is he returning to the Mouse House, but that he will possibly be collaborating with PIXAR, is probably the most exciting film-related news I've read this week. Pixar are making their first foray into live action soon - could they perhaps be trying their hand at a stop-motion animated film as well?
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2:47PM on 04/01/2010

Hmmm

I'm not sure Up was the better film, I loved Coraline. Henry Selick's a master, that's for sure. This doesn't mean he might be making the transition into CG does it?
I'm not sure Up was the better film, I loved Coraline. Henry Selick's a master, that's for sure. This doesn't mean he might be making the transition into CG does it?
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3:37PM on 04/01/2010
I don't think so. John Lasseter's goal since he took over Disney animation, it would appear, is to revive all form's of animation. He was responsible for the revival of the 2D musical and also has been instrumental in bringing Studio Gibli films into the United States. He went to CalArts with Selick. I get the impression that he would want Selick to continue doing what he does best (in fact, I don't think he is joining Pixar, just DIsney Animation).
I don't think so. John Lasseter's goal since he took over Disney animation, it would appear, is to revive all form's of animation. He was responsible for the revival of the 2D musical and also has been instrumental in bringing Studio Gibli films into the United States. He went to CalArts with Selick. I get the impression that he would want Selick to continue doing what he does best (in fact, I don't think he is joining Pixar, just DIsney Animation).
3:48PM on 04/01/2010
From the article by Variety: "Selick hopes to benefit from the Pixar brain trust and technology, but will continue to produce toons using his trademark stop-motion style." That should better answer your question.
From the article by Variety: "Selick hopes to benefit from the Pixar brain trust and technology, but will continue to produce toons using his trademark stop-motion style." That should better answer your question.
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2:42PM on 04/01/2010
I hate great news on april 1st.
Up was overrated in my opinion, one of Pixar's least interesting movies. Coraline should have taken the Oscar hands down, it was an instant classic!
I hate great news on april 1st.
Up was overrated in my opinion, one of Pixar's least interesting movies. Coraline should have taken the Oscar hands down, it was an instant classic!
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1:33PM on 04/01/2010

extra tidbit

Fantastic Mr Fox was my number 2 pick. Great movie, but still Coraline was a close 3rd. On a side note, this was one hell of a year for animated movies.
Fantastic Mr Fox was my number 2 pick. Great movie, but still Coraline was a close 3rd. On a side note, this was one hell of a year for animated movies.
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2:10PM on 04/01/2010
AMEN!
AMEN!
3:45PM on 04/01/2010
I liked this film as well, but the animation was still somewhat choppy. Maybe it worked as an aesthetic, but it didn't come off as a seamless film. The head shots and especially the smiles may be typical of Wes Anderson, but they looked a little rough, in my opinion, no where near as clean as Coraline looked.

It's interesting to note, though, that Selick was responsible for earlier stop motion animation that Wes used for the Life Aquatic, which helped prepare him for The Fantastic Mr. Fox,
I liked this film as well, but the animation was still somewhat choppy. Maybe it worked as an aesthetic, but it didn't come off as a seamless film. The head shots and especially the smiles may be typical of Wes Anderson, but they looked a little rough, in my opinion, no where near as clean as Coraline looked.

It's interesting to note, though, that Selick was responsible for earlier stop motion animation that Wes used for the Life Aquatic, which helped prepare him for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, proving that Selick was even involved in that. It should be interesting to see what he does for Disney.
12:34PM on 04/01/2010
This is great news. I'm confused as to whether or not he will be doing stop motion or computer animated films with Pixar. Either way this is great news. Henry Selick is king of stop-motion. Can't wait for his first feature with them.
This is great news. I'm confused as to whether or not he will be doing stop motion or computer animated films with Pixar. Either way this is great news. Henry Selick is king of stop-motion. Can't wait for his first feature with them.
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