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August 12, 2008 4:24 AM   Subscribe


 
Why oh why did they have to pick Dakota Fanning? I cannot stand that girl.
posted by Fizz at 5:41 AM on August 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Belle Dame sans Merci would fit the bill better than a madhouse, maybe?

This is going to be an awesome film. I really can't wait.
posted by Jilder at 5:41 AM on August 12, 2008


Wait, it won't be The Magnetic Fields doing the music? (2nd post down).

The likelihood of my seeing this movie has just decreased greatly.
posted by bookwo3107 at 5:59 AM on August 12, 2008


After looking at these puppets, add me to the "can't wait" contingent.
posted by JaredSeth at 6:01 AM on August 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Very cool animation. Eideteker, take it to MeWhinge.

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Merritt is doing the music and lyrics for the theatrical adaptation, not the movie. Not having heard of him I did a search and found this bit of oddness at Wikipedia:

Merritt does not use linguistic qualifiers or linguistic placeholders such as "uh" or "er" to indicate that he is not done speaking, but instead simply pauses and stops speaking as he gathers his thoughts. This led one interviewer unfamiliar with this behavior to cut him off before he had finished answering a question.
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posted by BrotherCaine at 7:02 AM on August 12, 2008


I was going to post about their new 3D Stop Motion process, but I thought it too dry... and there are few links.
posted by chuckdarwin at 7:12 AM on August 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Here's another link.
posted by chuckdarwin at 7:15 AM on August 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


JaredSeth, that link is great! Cool puppets, indeed. Ms is going to be over the moon (we own several models from Selick's other films).
posted by chuckdarwin at 7:16 AM on August 12, 2008


I, too, was going to post about their new3D Stop Motion process, but... no, I wasn't. I was going to post about how I hate Dakota Fanning, but maybe she's grown a soul over the past few years since I started avoiding her.
posted by goatdog at 7:17 AM on August 12, 2008


Jilder, I was referring to the Other Mother character (who is referred to as The Bedlam)... but cheers for the Keats poem!
posted by chuckdarwin at 7:23 AM on August 12, 2008


BrotherCaine, Merritt's a bit of an odd duck.
posted by desuetude at 8:25 AM on August 12, 2008


I'm pretty excited by this, but... They Might Be Giants? Really? Maybe if i go see a subtitled version and where Noise Cancelling Headphones.
posted by shmegegge at 8:31 AM on August 12, 2008


and wear noise canceling... wtf.
posted by shmegegge at 8:31 AM on August 12, 2008


Er, yes, I got that, chuckdarwin. Listen to it carefully again - I hear "belle dame" pretty clearly in that clip, and it's thematically more appropriate anyhoo. Besides, it's the sort of nifty intertextuality for which Gaiman is known. In any case, a day where I can bring up Keats is a good day indeed.
posted by Jilder at 8:32 AM on August 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Love, love, love this book. Can't wait for the movie.

I find Neil Gaiman generally unreadable (I try! I really do! Every time! I just tried reading Stardust again last week!) but his kids' books are stellar. His picture book The Wolves in the Walls is a perennial favorite in our family.
posted by padraigin at 9:06 AM on August 12, 2008


His picture book The Wolves in the Walls is a perennial favorite in our family.

Us, too. The artwork alone is enough to recommend it.
posted by chuckdarwin at 9:08 AM on August 12, 2008


I find Gaiman unreadable in prose form, generally, but I did like Coraline a lot.

Sandman is still his masterpiece, though. I'm not sure that going from 'best comics writer in the world' to being a better than average best selling author was a step up, artistically, though I'm sure it was commercially.
posted by empath at 9:49 AM on August 12, 2008


Hey, Teri Hatcher! I'm vaguely related to her! Oh, and John Hodgman, yey. That's it, I guess I'm seeing it.
posted by jinjo at 9:49 AM on August 12, 2008


*bites tongue*
posted by dersins at 10:40 AM on August 12, 2008


Coraline was amusing enough, but what really caught my attention is that Henry Selick is directing. That man is criminally underemployed.
posted by lekvar at 10:48 AM on August 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


John Hodgman? Seriously? That's awesome. Though much as I like TMBG, I'd rather the Magnetic Fields/Merritt anyday.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 11:25 AM on August 12, 2008


Henry Selick is directing. That man is criminally underemployed.

Really? You were expecting him to have a rush of job offers after Monkeybone?
posted by dersins at 12:45 PM on August 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


After spending a few hours listening to Merritt, I've got to say he'd be a disaster as a score/soundtrack musician. His style is way, way too attention focusing. If Coraline is a musical, or some kind of synth-pop opera it'd work, but otherwise, no way.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:52 PM on August 12, 2008


I think it's 'beldam' in the book - both based on recollections and on the fact that 'bedlam' is a madhouse, whereas 'beldam' is an archaic word for "witch."
posted by bokane at 1:43 PM on August 12, 2008


Gaiman is such a tease!

ENDLESS THE MOVIE!

Where is it??
posted by ZachsMind at 4:17 PM on August 12, 2008


Gaiman's friend and collaborator Dave McKean has an exhibition at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA that ends this Saturday: Persistence of Vision.
posted by homunculus at 11:56 AM on August 13, 2008


I think it's 'beldam' in the book - both based on recollections and on the fact that 'bedlam' is a madhouse, whereas 'beldam' is an archaic word for "witch."

You are correct. I don't think there is any way to change the title of an FPP, though. SADLY. Because I look like a twat.
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:16 AM on August 14, 2008


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