Friday, April 5, 2013

ParaNorman maquettes and stop-motion puppets on display...

If you liked 2012's stop-motion animated comedy horror ParaNorman, then you'll love this behind-the-scenes look at the puppets and models that helped bring animation house Laika's latest film to the big screen.

Original ParaNorman puppets and maquettes 
on display at Universal Studios Hollywood
maquette puppet armature ParaNorman
ParaNorman replacement faces
ParaNorman hair test
ParaNorman maquette stopmotion puppets
ParaNorman stopmotion costume props
ParaNorman stopmotion figures
This collection of original maquettes, puppets, props, hair tests and replacement facial expressions for the titular character 'Norman' were photographed on display within the NBC Universal Experience exhibit at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 7, 2013.

ParaNorman movie poster
ParaNorman movie poster
In the stop-motion animated movie, Norman can speak to the dead and teams up with a ragtag team of school kids to defeat a centuries old witch's curse and hordes of zombies. During the film Norman climbs the Town Hall's Tower to read a ritual from a book to try and break the supernatural spell.

Norman puppet and Town Hall Tower set from ParaNorman
ParaNorman puppet tower
Original ParaNorman stopmotion puppet
ParaNorman stopmotion puppet
It always amazes me how much more work goes into an animated film, as everything has to be built from scratch, from the characters to the clothes they wear and world they exist within. It's also amazing that the puppets and physical objects have to be meticulously moved in tiny increments frame by frame to bring the story to life.

Norman puppet and zombie from ParaNorman
ParaNorman zombie stopmotion puppets
If you like this exhibit, be sure to check out these other fantastic stop-motion puppets and sets from ParaNorman on display when the movie was released.

ParaNorman movie billboard
ParaNorman movie billboard
Go further behind-the-scenes with this book: The Art and Making of ParaNorman

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