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Laika Studios In The Oscar Hunt Again

ParaNorman is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category.  The stop-motion film is a production of Portland’s Laika  studios.

Image courtesy Laika

Image courtesy Laika

ParaNorman is the story of a smart, lonely boy who can communicate with the spirit world.

It’s the second animated feature to come out of Laika studios, run by Phil Knight’s son, Travis.

ParaNorman earned a total of $100 million — less than Laika’s first movie Coraline — but $40 million more than ParaNorman cost to make.

Producer Arianne Sutner says at its peak, the film was employing 320 artists.

“I can’t tell you what a hard-working talented group of people we are and so, it just feels wonderful to be nominated.”

Coraline was also nominated for an Academy Award, but it was beaten by “Up” — the story of an old man who lifted off into adventure, after tying balloons to his house. 

ParaNorman is going up against Brave, Frankenweenie, Wreck-it Ralph and The Pirates! 

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