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From LAIKA, the studio behind the hit film Coraline, comes another marvel of stop-motion animation and creative storytelling. For ParaNorman, LAIKA's team of artists and animators built and brought to life a miniature town, a horde of zombies, and a quirky cast of characters to tell a tale of a boy with spooky talents who must save his hometown from a centuries-old curse. From LAIKA, the studio behind the hit film Coraline, comes another marvel of stop-motion animation and creative storytelling. For ParaNorman, LAIKA's team of artists and animators built and brought to life a miniature town, a horde of zombies, and a quirky cast of characters to tell a tale of a boy with spooky talents who must save his hometown from a centuries-old curse. Featuring the amazing and detailed artwork that went into the film's creation—from character sketches and concept art to puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models—The Art and Making of ParaNorman goes behind the scenes to explore the exacting, exciting steps that are achieved frame by frame in this newest LAIKA masterpiece.


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From LAIKA, the studio behind the hit film Coraline, comes another marvel of stop-motion animation and creative storytelling. For ParaNorman, LAIKA's team of artists and animators built and brought to life a miniature town, a horde of zombies, and a quirky cast of characters to tell a tale of a boy with spooky talents who must save his hometown from a centuries-old curse. From LAIKA, the studio behind the hit film Coraline, comes another marvel of stop-motion animation and creative storytelling. For ParaNorman, LAIKA's team of artists and animators built and brought to life a miniature town, a horde of zombies, and a quirky cast of characters to tell a tale of a boy with spooky talents who must save his hometown from a centuries-old curse. Featuring the amazing and detailed artwork that went into the film's creation—from character sketches and concept art to puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models—The Art and Making of ParaNorman goes behind the scenes to explore the exacting, exciting steps that are achieved frame by frame in this newest LAIKA masterpiece.

30 review for The Art and Making of ParaNorman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures on my blog) Talking about this book will not be complete without mentioning LAIKA, the animation studio that made ParaNorman. They were founded in 2005 and this is their second film. Coraline (2009) was their first. I think they have tremendous faith in their craft of making stop motion films, especially in today's climate where 3D animated films seem to be more popular. This 160-page hardcover artbook features a good amount of concept art and behind-the-scenes set photos that made (More pictures on my blog) Talking about this book will not be complete without mentioning LAIKA, the animation studio that made ParaNorman. They were founded in 2005 and this is their second film. Coraline (2009) was their first. I think they have tremendous faith in their craft of making stop motion films, especially in today's climate where 3D animated films seem to be more popular. This 160-page hardcover artbook features a good amount of concept art and behind-the-scenes set photos that made the film possible. Most of the pictures are printed quite big. It's interesting to see how the characters designed by Heidi Smith were created into actual puppets for animating. The fully clothed and painted puppets look amazing compared to the sketches. I enjoy looking at the many production photos of the puppets, props, and the studio. You can see the detail that went into casting, molding and making of necessary parts like hair, clothing, metal armature, furniture, and just about everything in the world of ParaNorman. Photos of the tables where they keep working tools are great. There are countless brushes, screwdrivers, pincers, threads and an assortment of instruments whose purpose you can only guess. The lengthy commentary covers the production process and explains how stop motion films are made nowadays. It might not be surprising to discover that they also use 3D printing for creating props. It's a nice art and making-of book. Recommended to fans of animation, stop motion and the film.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gebanuzo

    Hace casi un año que lo tengo en mis manos, pero lo estuve devorando en pedazos muy pequeños, me encanta todo lo que tenga que ver con esta película, me encanta el arte, para serles sinceros aunque me gusta demasiado Coraline, y boxtrolls seguramente es técnicamente superior, sigue siendo mi favorita siempre, bueno, hasta el momento. Exactamente no sé la razón, una amiga me comento ¿por qué te gusta tanto esa película sí no es tan buena?... y... quizá tenga algo de razón, TÉCNICAMENTE Y ARTESANA Hace casi un año que lo tengo en mis manos, pero lo estuve devorando en pedazos muy pequeños, me encanta todo lo que tenga que ver con esta película, me encanta el arte, para serles sinceros aunque me gusta demasiado Coraline, y boxtrolls seguramente es técnicamente superior, sigue siendo mi favorita siempre, bueno, hasta el momento. Exactamente no sé la razón, una amiga me comento ¿por qué te gusta tanto esa película sí no es tan buena?... y... quizá tenga algo de razón, TÉCNICAMENTE Y ARTESANALMENTE ES HERMOSA, pero la película en sí tiene partes algo tediosas, pero... es que creo que es la historia, es Norman, es su habitación, es la frase ""no es que sean malos, es que tienen miedo"... y soy yo, solo en la butaca del cine (repleto de niños) con lagrimas escurriendo por mi mejilla por ver cada minúsculo objeto, las pieles traslúcidas de los personajes, los colores, el arte, y la habitación de Normal. y pues me encanta el libro porque contiene todos esos detalles en fotografías, porque te explica sobre procesos y porque me revela a mi buen amigo Norman.

  3. 4 out of 5

    alex

    i loved this one!!!! it had so much detail about the process of making the movie and a lot of personal commentary from everyone involved. lots about story but even more about the technical aspect of it which was so fascinating and made me appreciate this movie so so much more

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    At least this one eventually showed you pictures of what the stories are about. I just wish it was more like the alternate page since five or so pages later you're just, "Oh, so that's what they were talking about." Still very interesting to read about the processes and people. At least this one eventually showed you pictures of what the stories are about. I just wish it was more like the alternate page since five or so pages later you're just, "Oh, so that's what they were talking about." Still very interesting to read about the processes and people.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris - Quarter Press Editor

    This is the second "Art of..." book that I've read from LAIKA. (They're definitely one of my favorite studios all around, and I can't wait to get a copy of the "Art of Kubo.") The images and artwork are fantastic. If you have any interest in how stop-motion animation is made, this provides a great overview to the ridiculous amount of work that goes into these short films. The images do a great job at capturing ParaNorman's shift from rough sketches to final puppets. Even more, they're sure to giv This is the second "Art of..." book that I've read from LAIKA. (They're definitely one of my favorite studios all around, and I can't wait to get a copy of the "Art of Kubo.") The images and artwork are fantastic. If you have any interest in how stop-motion animation is made, this provides a great overview to the ridiculous amount of work that goes into these short films. The images do a great job at capturing ParaNorman's shift from rough sketches to final puppets. Even more, they're sure to give some great "behind the scenes" shots for you to see the scale and scope of what these folks are working on. The only reason I docked a star is for the writing itself. It's functional, for sure, and it gives solid explanations of the process of creating this film. However, it simply feels functional, going through the steps to explain each portion. It just didn't "click" on a higher level for me. It's not bad, by any means, but it felt a bit forced, as if it was trying to hard. Still, this could definitely just be me. In the end, it serves as a great intro to LAIKA and the process of stop-motion through this wonderful film. If anything, I'd definitely recommend starting here, then moving to Boxtrolls, then Kubo, as they do seem to build on the ground they cover in this process.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    From LAIKA, the studio behind one of my favourite films, Coraline, comes another stop-motion animation marvel, ParaNorman. This book features the detailed artwork that went into the film's creation, from character sketches and concept art to puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models. The Art and Making of ParaNorman feels like a studio tour as Jed Alger charts the progression of the film's production. We start with the introductions from LAIKA President & CEO (as well as bein From LAIKA, the studio behind one of my favourite films, Coraline, comes another stop-motion animation marvel, ParaNorman. This book features the detailed artwork that went into the film's creation, from character sketches and concept art to puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models. The Art and Making of ParaNorman feels like a studio tour as Jed Alger charts the progression of the film's production. We start with the introductions from LAIKA President & CEO (as well as being ParaNorman's producer and Lead Animator) Travis Knight and from the film's director's Chris Butler and Sam Fell. Then it's on with the tour, with a look at the different stages starting with 'Welcome To LAIKA' then onto the creation from original idea to physical puppet, building the puppets, the sets, the special effects and meeting the people behind the curtains. It's a really interesting look at the process of what goes into making a film, even more so with stop-animation, because of how much detail is put into the production. And another welcome addition to my library of movie art books. Definitely recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    typewriterdeluxe

    Like most 'making of' books I've read, the text in this one was a little repetitive. Really enjoyed the pictures, though. I found myself most drawn to the photos of people working (which gave it a personal touch and showed the scale of the production) and the concept art for the various backgrounds/environments in the film. Like most 'making of' books I've read, the text in this one was a little repetitive. Really enjoyed the pictures, though. I found myself most drawn to the photos of people working (which gave it a personal touch and showed the scale of the production) and the concept art for the various backgrounds/environments in the film.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    this was such a fun interesting read and made me love and appreciate paranorman more than i already did. did it take me over a year to read it. also yes i forgot i checked it out from the library

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    Wow! This book is the best “art and making of” book I’ve ever read. It doesn’t just superficially talk about how the story came to be and show a few concept images, it goes fully into each and every step that went into the making of ParaNorman. From the how the story came about, to how each individual element you see in the movie came to be. Every aspect of the making of this movie is touched in one form or another with tons of images to illustrate. Stop-motion animation is an art of love, with e Wow! This book is the best “art and making of” book I’ve ever read. It doesn’t just superficially talk about how the story came to be and show a few concept images, it goes fully into each and every step that went into the making of ParaNorman. From the how the story came about, to how each individual element you see in the movie came to be. Every aspect of the making of this movie is touched in one form or another with tons of images to illustrate. Stop-motion animation is an art of love, with each element you see on the screen lovingly crafted by an artist. The Art Of ParaNorman takes the reader thru the complex process that those at LAIKA went thru to create those beautiful minutes of film. I’ve always loved stop motion and enjoyed the H out of ParaNorman, but now I’ll see it for the monumental work of love that it is. I’d definitely recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in animation.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This was an awesome book. Mostly because it told me all about an awesome movie. I don't really have a ton to say about it other than that. If you're interested in finding out about the process behind a stop motion film then this book is really informative. If you're interested in the people and personalities behind ParaNorman, then this is the book for you. If you like miniature anything, pick this book up. Also, if you just like cool visuals. This was an awesome book. Mostly because it told me all about an awesome movie. I don't really have a ton to say about it other than that. If you're interested in finding out about the process behind a stop motion film then this book is really informative. If you're interested in the people and personalities behind ParaNorman, then this is the book for you. If you like miniature anything, pick this book up. Also, if you just like cool visuals.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meridth Gimbel

    Fun, salivatingly good design, informative and inspiring info on the process of a stop motion film. My only quibble is that a few of the pages are too dark to see the images. Possibly a printing issue, but still a bummer. Overall though it is an amazing and worthwhile book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    The art's pretty, but not as pretty as just watching the movie. The text may contain some cool insight, but it's hard to retain anything; it's so effusive about how perfectly awesome LAIKA is that it gets me rooting against 'em. The art's pretty, but not as pretty as just watching the movie. The text may contain some cool insight, but it's hard to retain anything; it's so effusive about how perfectly awesome LAIKA is that it gets me rooting against 'em.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    I love this art book, they cover all of the aspects into making a stop motion film. (Some art books skip out the technical side and just stick to the concept art!) Great reference material and shows how much really goes into making one of these films!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    This is one of my favorite movies ever and it's awesome to see how they made it and how much detail was put into it. Le sigh. This is one of my favorite movies ever and it's awesome to see how they made it and how much detail was put into it. Le sigh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaye Dewar

    Great making of book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Npaborito

    great

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abraham Ray

    a good book about the movie!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Punkie

    Gorgeous!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Inandin Nabiha

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Arindam Bhattacharjee

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve Dockery

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tenesa Parkes

  24. 5 out of 5

    Purple Lightning

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becki

  26. 4 out of 5

    jayden kalani

  27. 5 out of 5

    NurQamarina MohamadZain

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  30. 4 out of 5

    Martin Bouchard

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