As you already know, I was anxiously waiting for ParaNorman to hit the big screen. (Release date was yesterday, if you didn’t already know.) I love stop-motion animation, always have. It has an eerie beauty and a creepy feel that I adore.
This book, The Art and Making of ParaNorman is absolutely gorgeous. Personally, I consider this a picture book for big kids. Large, full color photographs of the studio where most of the characters were created, start to finish concept designs for the vehicles driving around in ParaNorman’s world, and designing the awesome little clothes that the stop motion puppets would wear in the film.
Words? Sure, It is a book, with real words. Descriptions of the process, a preface by Travis Knight (President and CEO of LAIKA Studio), forewords by Chris Butler (writer and director) and Sam Fell (director). All three of these pieces are rather exciting because you get a very real sense of where each of them wanted to go with the film.
Enjoy it. I did. And it will make a beautiful coffee table book.