Coraline's Henry Selick Talks About His Army Of Zombies

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Director Henry Selick is a huge reason why Neil Gaiman's Coraline is so gorgeously spooky. While promoting Coraline, he gave us some details about his next project, a zombie stop motion feature called Paranorman.

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Selick, who's famous for his fantastic eye for all things stop-motion and has a brilliant pop-cult sensibility, is ready to dive into another stop-motion feature.

There's not a lot of word out there about Paranorman, besides the fact that Selick is attached, but we got him to spill a few details about Chris Butler's sweet zombie tale.

Our head story artist Chris Butler, for Coraline, he's a really good writer, he has an original script called Paranorman, so I'm going to be a creative producer on that. He's writing the second draft. We're putting together the character designs. That's something that I want to get going.

It's a kid Norman, who...it's a sweet zombie comedy. It's great. The zombies, I can't tell too much about it, it's different it's something never quite done before in animation. It has a lot of heart about differences. There's elements of witchcraft, communicating with the dead, and an army of zombies.

So Henry Selick is going to be a creative producer to a movie that deals with a stop-motion army of zombies? Um, where do I send my check? This will be amazing. I cannot wait for the character designs to come out. Thank you, Selick, for keeping the art of stop-motion animation alive and creepy.

But until then, you'll have to check out Selick's work in Coraline — in theaters this Friday.

DISCUSSION

i just got back from an advance screening of Coraline and all i can say is BRILLIANT. highly recommended... and now you're telling Selick's gonna do zombies? that's pretty perfect except for the part where we have to WAIT for it.

p.s. Gaiman was at the screening here in Toronto. Q&A post show which i regretfully had to miss.