INTERVIEW: Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick

Posted by · 6:22 pm · February 16th, 2010

(from left) Henry Selick and Neil GaimanIntrepid publicists worked diligently last month to float the idea that Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” due to it’s healthy critics awards take, was in a position to upset the presumed frontrunner in the animated feature category: “Up.” Of course, at the time, no one in the media helping that story along bothered to point out that, well, the opinions of the critics don’t matter a whole lot when it comes to how the Academy votes at large.

Left in the cold a bit during that discussion was “Coraline,” which opened way back in February — a full year ago — and maintained a steady course through the spring, summer and, eventually, the awards season.  In fact, given the evidence presented by the Annie Awards, it’s possible that Henry Selick’s film would have a leg up on “Fantastic Mr. Fox” as the true competition in a field many have already chalked up to the Pixar contender.

I spoke to Selick earlier in the season and Gaiman quite recently about their work on the project.  Gaiman had Selick in mind from the beginning, dating back to his first viewing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” 16 years ago, while Selick put a lot of trademark care into fleshing out a tangible world from Gaiman’s words.  The result is one of the finest animated films in a banner year for the medium.

The rigors of the season being what they are, I haven’t the time to write up a proper interview piece around these two conversations.  But I didn’t want the information to go unpublished.  So have a listen to each below.  You’ll note in the Selick conversation that, once upon a time, I was considering the film for a Tech Support Interview.  It would have been lovely but sometimes things don’t come together like you expect.  Still, it was a pleasure speaking to both and I think fans of the film will really enjoy their perspective.

Neil Gaiman:

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Henry Selick:

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  • 1 2-21-2010 at 12:02 am

    Samantha said...

    Coraline was an absolutely miserable story, an awful, shallow and depressing mess. Henry Selick’s animation can’t make up for the shabby lack of any moral compass in Coraline. Mister Gaiman apparently funds Scientology and the movie seems to be like a horrible cult nightmare.

  • 2 3-06-2010 at 3:47 am

    daycarehyderabad said...

    The story is awesome.Actually it is the competition for other stories