Thursday, June 11, 2015

ParaNorman Sheriff Hopper Maquette

A color Maquette of Sheriff Hooper posted by sandford_and_cuz on eBay. Nice study model for the character.
Asking $700.00

Boxtrolls Cast and Crew Gift

Auction by jumpingjoeyjanela posted a light up Shoe Cast and Crew Promo figure on eBay. I am guessing this was given to the Animator Dan MacKenzie
SOLD $550.00

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coraline Little Me Dolls by Paloma Soledad

In the Heritage Auction, back in February, one of the 5" Little Me Dolls was sold for $7,000. There was at least two 5" dolls, five 2-3/4" dolls, and two 11" hero dolls made (Someone know exactly?). The large hero doll in the beginning of the film was mailed to TOMOPOP, part of the 50 mystery boxes promotion, and measures almost 11" tall.

Paloma Soledad made the Little Me dolls, along with several other costumes and toys for the film.

Monday, April 13, 2015

More ParaNorman Crew Gifts

electromutt is selling their crew gifts
Auction SOLD $1,575.00

Auction SOLD $995.00
(Photos from Auction)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Pirates! Band of Misfits" or "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!"

The Prop Store as a small selection of stop-motion movies on its list, and even fewer props from the movies. However, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a different story. They have a ton of puppets and props from the movie, its almost ridiculous (134 to be exact)! In a good way. Makes me wish I was a millionaire as I would totally buy it all. That is my new dream, become a millionaire, buy all the props I can from every stop-motion film I can (that is cool anyways) and create a museum of it all to display.

As far as the film goes. I loved it. I love Peter Lord's work on Wallace and Gromit, as well as his other works like Chicken Run, Creature Comforts, & Flushed Away (to name a few), and Band of Misfits didn't disappoint. The production team did a fantastic job at creating as many puppets they did, and the sets that where built are just gorgeous. You can see the attention to detail in all the props that are being offered by the Prop Store. I would say check them out, but I want them =)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ParaNorman Mr. Prenderghast Auction piece

Cluttermonk22 was/is selling a Mr. Prenderghast head from ParaNorman. All original, except for the eyes.
Auction Listing
(Photos from Auction)

Monday, April 6, 2015

ParaNorman Mitch's Van

Approximately 24" x 16"

Part of the Charity Auction included one of Mitch's Van's. I am a huge sucker for cars and this van, in my personal opinion is just too cool. In the book The Art of Making ParaNorman, it shows some more reference and information on the making of this Van. Anyone out there know what make/model/year that this van was based on? Looks kind of like a GMC.

Check out the original listing HERE

ParaNorman Crew Gifts

On eBay, there is a gift that was given to the crew that worked on the Movie ParaNorman.

Three Norman rapid prototype animation faces, that are interchangeable, mounted on a laser cut plywood display box with original gift bag.

Auction Here SOLD $1,025.00

Here is another Production Crew gift that was sold on the

(Photos from Auction)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Boxtrolls Cube 3D Printing

Laika has uploaded 3D printable files for your cube 3D printer on

BoxTrolls Promo Figures

A rare set of Vinyl figures that were sent out to promote the movie. Some pop up on Ebay here and there if you have the funds.

BoxTrolls TrollStrikes Nike Shoes Contest

As is with tradition, Nike released a limited edition shoe for the movie release of BoxTrolls. I realize I am late in the game on this as the contest ended October 3, 2014.

A twitter contest where you had to create a piece of art from cardboard and post the photo to twitter with the hash tag #TheBoxtrollsNikeShoeContest. One per day, and a new piece of art with every entry.

I really like the look of these shoes much better than the ParaNorman ones. It's unfortunate that I wasn't more on top of things sooner, I would have loved to have won a pair of these shoes.

FAQ here
Rules Here

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BoxTrolls Little Review

I have to admit, I was not interested in seeing this movie. I avoided it all together after my disappointment with ParaNorman. That was then.

This is now. I eventually purchased the movie on Blu-Ray and watched it for the first time. I got to say that I really enjoyed it. It was much better than I thought it would be. I actually watched it twice in a row. It kind of starts off a little slow, but eventually picks up and moves at a good pace. The art, sets, and props in this movie are just gorgeous. Laika's 3D printing has come along way in developing their puppets since Coraline.

I enjoyed the movie enough to purchase the original book by Allen Snow, titled Here be Monsters. Wow, totally not the same story at all. These two mediums are too different animals all together. WARNING: SPOILERS. The things that are the same, include (but not limited to) Boxtrolls named Egg (not a human boy), Fish, Shoe, & Match. Snatcher is the villain who also plays Madame Frou-Frou. Cheese and its importance to the town. A character does explode at the end. Snatcher did ride a huge "monster" at the end that was designed to take over the town. Hmm, not sure what else... I did see a Boxtrolls movie adaptation novel, that is probably more like the book, but Here Be Monsters, is a story all on its own. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book too. It was fun and really cute. All new characters, more underlings that live under the town, and more craziness.

If you liked Coraline, & ParaNorman, you'd enjoy Boxtrolls (If you haven't seen it yet).

Laika Auction Fundraiser

Heritage Auctions (ebay user "heritageliveauctions") was donated several original props and art by Laika to be auctioned off on eBay for one day only (February 12, 2015). A portion of the proceeds was to be given to The Art of Elysium. You had to sign up for approval to bid beforehand. The auctions included items from Coraline, ParaNorman, and Boxtrolls. A great oppertunity to own a piece from any of Laika's major films. The auction was a huge success and generated more than $1,000,000.

Unfortunately, every auction surpassed my little budget. Auction listings are still visible on eBay. Just do a search for completed/sold listings and use search terms "Laika", "Coraline", "Boxtrolls", "ParaNorman" with "Lot". Good reference photos if anyone is interested.

One of the Auctions that caught my attention, was the listing for the Moving truck from Coraline, Listed Here (temporary working link). Now, what is odd about this listing, is, I believe it was incorrectly labeled. While the moving truck is originally from Coraline, this one in particular, was not. Or at least, was not screen used.

 Moving Van From Auction (Original Photo from Ebay Auction) 48" long x 14" wide x 30" tall

Moving Truck From Coraline (Behind the scenes photo)

Two very different trucks. The truck shown from the auction, granted could have been a prototype. However, the style, wonky lines, paint, makes me think of pre-production art work. However, wouldn't it be neat if this van was built as an Easter egg for ParaNorman?