Kate Atherton writes for Bleeding Cool:
After its recent announcement* that Tangled would be its last Princess movie (maybe people liked them too much), it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that Disney has decided to try a different tack to win over new generations of kids – they're going to terrify them to death instead.
Henry Selick, director of Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas, has recently opened a new studio in San Francisco – Shademaker Productions, formerly Cinderbiter Productions – which will be working on animations, including a film for Disney, called Shademaker. Just the name Cinderbiters conjures up some very unpleasant images of cannibalistic ugly stepsisters and fairy godmothers.
Cartoon Brew has picked up on the company's mission statement from a classified ad for a storyboard lead to work on this film.
Cinderbiter is a new stop-motion company whose mandate is to make great, scary films for young 'uns with a small, tight-knit crew who watch each other's backs. Joining Henry on Cinderbiter's first production will be veteran team members Eric Leighton and the celebrated production designer, Lou Romano. That's right – Lou Romano.
After that kind of build-up, it seems only right to give Lou Ramono's credentials: voice actor and art director on such movies as Up, Ratatouille and Cars.
Missionlocal has confirmed that Shademaker is a part of Disney and, while information about the project Shademaker is scarce, there is this description of what one might expect:
We fabricate all aspects of the production, including the skeletons inside the puppets, the bodies, costumes, props and sets.
Everything needed for stop motion animation.**
It is true that children like to be scared…. but what about their poor parents?
*Editor's note: That's not actually what they said, but it's what people said they said. There are more princesses to come, just a few years down the line.
**Editor's second note: The style of Shademaker has been compared to that of Gumby, but it remains to be seen if the comparison goes beyond both being stop-motion animation.
And kudos to Kate for that tongue twister of a headline…