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Laika has made a name for themselves with their hand-crafted stop-motion animated feature films like Coraline, ParaNorman and the upcoming movie Boxtrolls. But the Portland-based animation studio wants to help hand-drawn animation make a comeback. During the Boxtrolls Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Laika head Travis Knight would like to do a 2D hand-drawn animated feature film. Find out more about a possible Laika hand-drawn animation feature film, after the jump.
All these walls of text covering up beautiful Mignola art
Ogdru-Hem information page for TE Group.
Information was found on the Hellboy Wikia.
Inspiration and Hellboy/B.P.R.D. - © Mike Mignola
Fully colored Steven Universe sketches before I go to bed.
It had been months now, almost a year. Norman easily remembers when he helped a distressed and furious spirit find peace and he has the scars on his chest to prove it. His dad actually thinks the scars are cool and that’s pretty strange norman thinks. when was his dad even remotely interested in…
The Meme was 3-5 things to keep in mind while writing a character, for the record! And man do I have meta about Norman Babcock. Spoilers in the 4th answer.
1. He is NOT an Adorable Delicate Flower Straight Man. People forget this, largely because the climax of ParaNorman was him showing kindness to someone who desperately needed it, but Norman is very snarky and he’s got a lot of anger and resentment in him. Norman isn’t shy, he’s cautious, weary, and is careful about picking his battles. When he wants to speak his mind he does with no hesitation. The cute interactions everyone thinks of are with the dead. Speaking of!
2. Norman treats the Dead Differently. It might seem obvious but GOOD GOD this is important! Even in a healthier mindset and the hypothetical acceptance of his whole home town and family, Norman is much more comfortable with ghosts than living. His grandmother dying is probably what made the divide of attitude so definite when we first meet Norman. He clearly loved her to pieces and when she died he no longer had any unambiguous allies among those breathing. This changed of course, and being cautious doesn’t stop Norman from befriending Neil when he persists.
This change mostly manifests in just plain old being polite and chatty. Watch that sequence of him walking to school and note how open he is with the ghosts and how closed he is around the people. Or even more obviously, how differently he reacts to his Uncle Prenderghast pre and post mortum. That isn’t going to go away, not any time soon. I can see him being better around people, especially his family, but not really casual until a significant amount of time has passed. Possible post-puberty.
3. Norman doesn’t try to hide what he sees. Even when it would benefit him to keep his head down and mouth shut, he doesn’t. He is always truthful, even with bullies like Alvin making fun of him. Norman continues to say that his dead Grandmother is in the living room because she Is, no matter how much ammunition it gives his sister and how much it frustrates his dad. He clearly decided at some point that pretending he was normal wasn’t worth the effort. Norman doesn’t lie or hide what he is, and I wouldn’t write him doing so unless he had an explicit reason to. Putting it simply, Norman is HONEST, block capitals required.
4. Norman has all the same abilities Agatha did. Now this is MUCH more personal headcanon for me, but the fandom seems to use it a lot so I may as well add it here. Norman isn’t slow to anger, exactly. Off the top of my head I can remember him being genuinely furious 3 times in canon. But he is slow to rage, and doesn’t hold grudges. So tapping into what Aggie could do requires some extraordinary circumstances, not just Norman being about to die. Norman would need to be pushed to the utter brink of desperation and fury. Not saying you can’t do that, but keep in mind that what Aggie did took enough out of her they could hang her afterwards, and what she demonstrated in canon took 300 years of hate and also being dead.
These are all just my ideas of course, feel free to respond and send me more!
Reminder that Pixar was originally set to release “The Shadow King" which would have marked not only Pixar’s first stop-motion film but the first starring a person of color as the main hero.
“The Shadow King is a deliciously magical tale about nine-year-old New York orphan Hap who hides his fantastically weird hands with long fingers from a cruel world. But when a living shadow girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come to life, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous monster bent on killing Hap’s brother Richard and ultimately destroying New York.”
After the success of Coraline, director Henry Selick signed with Pixar to create the project but was ultimately dropped. (I’m assuming because of the full-length Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie film not performing as “amazingly” as they hoped).
I’ve noticed that Henry Selick likes to alter white characters to PoC or create entirely new characters for film. Wybie Lovatt of Coraline was made by him and added to the film (he is not in the book), also altering one of the ghost children from white to black only last minute (in all the concept art she is white). In other variations of Coraline the ghost girl appears white and Wybie and his grandmother are nonexistent. He did the same when directing “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas" where all the concept art featured exclusively white children in the human world, he altered several, making it more diverse which I think is great. Tim Burton has a habit of working with almost exclusively white characters and if not, they are fairly racist interpretations like Toshiaki from Frankenweenie.
So it’s a little sad that this “The Shadow King” was dropped as I think it would have been a marvelous milestone. It was suggested in February of 2013 that another studio may have picked up the rights but no further information has been brought up.
❝ Wyborn Lovat, or otherwise known as Wybie, is the geeky, nervous eleven year old grandson of the owner of Pink Palace.
He is regularly insulted by Coraline because of their first encounter when Wybie startled and knocked Coraline down when she was exploring, trying to find an old well. He is also the first who one warned Coraline about the Pink Palace, indicating something bad about the place but nothing actually specific. ❞
Sometimes your really annoying, you never let me go where I want and whenever I bring a slug or fascinating insect in the house you tend to like to whack me with your walking cane. I swear, it’s like a cant breath without you screaming my dreadful name “wybourne”, wanting me to come back home to…
Another sketch of Demon Wybie, figured I’d start working on the hand and feet structure for his demon for. The feet is sort of a mixture of an ape and a raptor causing him to walk on digitigrade legs with the due claw/big toe capable of folding in and out when he’s moving about or grabbing on to things like walls and ceilings or even rocky edges.
The hands end in long sharp claws that appear to be fused to the flesh as the end of his arms are much like an exoskeleton, somewhat like an insect, this applies to the rest of the body as the skin would be very durable, almost invulnerable to bullets. I’d also figured I’d change the ears too, making them elongated and pointed, as well as sensitive to high pitched sounds like a dog and I decided to add a long, prehensile tail with long spikes at the end of it that may or may not emit a paralyzing poison to catch prey
Also his demon form would be more built and muscles more pronounced, bulging as the bone structure rearranged with spikes jutting out of his back, shoulders, and elbows. Now for the color scheme, I’m probably leaning towards grayish-brown with claws ending in red on his hands with glowing green eyes and tan colored toe claws and spikes on the tail.
Coraline, Wybie (c) Coraline, Neil Gaiman, Henry Selick
demon design (c) me