Magazine article Variety

Kudo Vets Size Up Year in Animation

Magazine article Variety

Kudo Vets Size Up Year in Animation

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Animated films take years to complete. So animation directors can bask in acclaim one year and then seem to vanish from the scene, when, in fact, they are hard at work on their next picture. Variety caught up with three animation directors familiar to awards voters and asked them what they are working on and which of this year's animated releases impressed them.

HENRY SELICK

Selick is no stranger to accolades. His feature directing bow was the iconic stop-motion film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), an annual staple that was nominated for an Academy Award (for visual effects) before there was even a category for animated feature, He also adapted and directed 2009's "Coraline." the first full-length film from stop-motion powerhouse Laika. "Coraline" received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for animated feature.

Selick is excited about a of couple of new projects he's been working on. One involves author Neil Gaiman, who wrote the novel on which "Coraline" was based. "Neil's underlying material is so good that, if the film goes forward, it should be my best effort to date," Selick says.

The other involves comic duo Key & Peele, based on an original story by Selick, "Wendell and Wild." "It's a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly and her acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul."

Selick has been very busy on these and other projects, and hasn't seen much of the new crop of animated features out this year, but he's looking forward to seeing next year's "The Little Prince" by Mark Osborne, "especially the Jamie Caliri-Anthony Scott stop-motion sections."

MARJANE SATRAPI

Satrapi co-wrote and co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud the 2007 French-Iranian-U.S. "Persepolis," based on her autobiographical novel of the same name about coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. It was her first film, and it shared the 2007 Cannes Jury Prize (with Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light") and went on to be nominated for an animated feature Oscar. …

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