Henry Selick Exclusive Video Interview. Talks Future Projects, CORALINE UNFIXED, Why He Left Laika Studios, More

     November 2, 2009

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A few days ago I sat down with director Henry Selick (“Coraline”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “James and the Giant Peach”) for a very extensive interview.  While I spoke to him earlier this year before “Coraline” got released, with Focus Features trying to get “Coraline” nominated for Best Animated Feature (it absolutely deserves a nomination!) Selick has been talking to journalists and I was lucky enough to land a spot.  While we touched on “Coraline”, most of the interview covered other subjects.  Since most of you might not have the time to watch the entire interview, here are some highlights.  But if you’re a fan of Henry Selick, you definitely want to watch the interview after the jump as it was great.

  • Says his next project might be another collaboration with Gaiman. If it’s not the next one, it’s the project after the next one.  Says there are some issues to deal with before production could start.
  • I ask what might be his next project if it’s not with Gaiman. Says he wrote an original treatment years ago (it’s 84 pages) and that might be the next project. Says it’s tonally another scary film for kids.  Calls it a cousin of Coraline.
  • In the next two weeks a lot is going to be known about his next project.  He is working out a deal with a studio right now. Says he is unsure if they will announce one project or 3 or 4 projects as a lot is coming together right now
  • Talks about why he left Laika Studios
  • Reveals he was going to work with Wes Anderson on Fantastic Mr. Fox but when financing came in for Coraline, he had to drop out.  Says when they worked together on The Life Aquatic they talked about it.
  • Wants to do a midnight re-release of Coraline and call it “Coraline Unfixed”. In this edition you wouldn’t see any of the digital fixes.  He explains what the edition would entail in the interview. It sounds awesome.
  • They have spoken to him about the James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray
  • Talks about a sequence that was never used in Nightmare Before Christmas and how it’s gone and may never be seen. It’s a head credit sequence that was animated candy corn.
  • Wants to remaster all his short films and his MTV work and release it on DVD/Blu-ray.  Says all the elements have been assembled and he just has to find the time to do it.

Again, if you’re a fan, you definitely want to watch this interview:

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  • How has he been doing the last few months
  • How does he feel about possibly being nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film
  • When he was making Coraline, did he know how special it was
  • Nightmare Before Christmas gets re-released at Halloween, could Coraline get an annual limited release
  • What is his reaction to Nightmare getting re-released every year
  • Talks about how he was happy when Nightmare became a “Disney” film. Used to be a Touchstone movie
  • Why did he leave Laika Studios
  • How have things changed for him after the success of Coraline
  • Has he talked with Neil Gaiman about making another movie together.  Says his next project might be another collaboration with Gaiman. If it’s not the next one, it’s the project after the next one.  Says there are some issues to deal with before production could start.
  • I try and find out what the project is…he is tight lipped
  • I ask what might be his next project if it’s not with Gaiman. Says he wrote an original treatment years ago (it’s 84 pages) and that might be the next project. Says it’s tonally another scary film for kids.  Calls it a cousin of Coraline.
  • Says in the next two weeks a lot is going to be known about his next project.  He is working out a deal with a studio to keep him going right now. Once the deal is signed, we’ll all know what is coming up.
  • Says he is unsure if they will announce one project or 3 or 4 projects as a lot is coming together right now
  • Does he think 3D will be a part of his future films


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  • What was the best lesson he learned on Coraline that he’ll apply to future films.  Says he wants to give more freedom to the people he works with.
  • What is the amount of time it really takes to bring it to the screen. Says 18 months of shooting and then heavy pre-production. A total of 3 and a half years.
  • Does he think he will work on more than one project at the same time in the future.
  • Says Chris Butler is developing the next Laika project
  • Has he seen Fantastic Mr. Fox? Reveals he was going to work with Wes Anderson on the project but when financing came in for Coraline, he had to drop out.  Says when they worked together on The Life Aquatic they talked about it.
  • Previous movies on Blu-ray and is there talk of doing an ultimate Blu-ray edition.  Says they shot Coraline at double the resolution of what was released!
  • 6:25 Says he wants to do a midnight re-release of Coraline and call it “Coraline Unfixed”. In this edition you wouldn’t see any of the digital fixes.  He explains what the edition would be.
  • Says they have spoken to him about the James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray edition
  • Talks about a sequence that was never used in Nightmare Before Christmas and how it’s gone and may never be seen. It’s a head credit sequence that was animated candy corn.
  • Talks about how he wants to remaster all his short films and his MTV work and release it on DVD/Blu-ray.  Says all the elements have been assembled and he just has to find the time to do it.

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