2013 was a year of firsts for the Liverpool-born writer and director Chris Butler. Not only did his directorial debut, the stop-motion animated film "ParaNorman," hit theaters, but it was also the yea...
Merseyside, Liverpool, GB
|Tim Burton's Corpse Bride||2005||Storyboard Artist||n/a||1|
|The Tale of Despereaux||2008||Storyboard Artist||Story Artist||1|
|Coraline||2009||Storyboard Artist||Storyboard Supervisor||1|
|The Tigger Movie||2000||Character Design||(Design & Visual Development)||1|
|First professional animation job as a storyboard artist on "Mr. Bean: The Animated Series"|
|Directorial debut with "ParaNorman"|
|Storyboard supervisor on "Coraline"|
|Worked with Tim Burton as a storyboard artist on "Corpse Bride"|
|Nominated for an Academy Award|
2013 was a year of firsts for the Liverpool-born writer and director Chris Butler. Not only did his directorial debut, the stop-motion animated film "ParaNorman," hit theaters, but it was also the year he received his first Oscar nomination. Pixar's "Brave" (2012) took home the Academy Award that year, but the experience alone - the culmination of well over a decade of hard work - inspired Butler to continue his lifelong love for telling great stories. Shortly after receiving the news in a hotel room in Los Angeles, Butler told an interviewer that the long journey to seeing his movie made was at times difficult and exhausting, but also one he's glad he had the courage to take.
Born and raised in the Merseyside section of Liverpool, England, Butler showcased an early love for drawing and telling stories. His parents recalled him spending hours on end locked away in his room, lost in his own imagination. His stories often featured ghosts and goblins and ghouls - all entities that would dominate his later work as an adult. At the age of seven Butler told his parents he wanted to be an animator, and although the road to stardom proved challenging, the Butlers showered their son with unconditional love and support. By the early 2000s Butler was working as a storyboard artist on the short-lived British animated series "Mr. Bean" (ITV 2002-2003), as well as the straight-to-video Disney film, "Tarzan II"(2005). The opportunity of a lifetime came in 2005 when Butler was hired on as storyboard artist on Tim Burton's darkly humorous "Corpse Bride." Already years into writing the script that would become "ParaNorman," Butler grew to love the stop-motion format that Burton utilized, and vowed to use the same format on his own film.
In 2009 Butler was working as a storyboard supervisor on yet another stop-motion film, the horror-fantasy "Coraline," when he decided to show 30 pages of "ParaNorman" to producer Travis Knight. Knight loved what he read, and encouraged Butler to finish the script. By late 2009 production on "ParaNorman," a darkly comical children's story about a complicated young boy who can talk to the dead, had begun as a stop-motion animated feature. The film debuted three years later, making over $100 million at the global box-office, while also earning an Oscar nod for Butler and his co-director, Sam Fell. Ironically, Butler's inspiration for utilizing the film, Tim Burton, was also nominated that year for his 2012 3D stop-motion feature, "Frankenweenie."
|Has stated that "ParaNorman" is influenced by "The Goonies," as well as the TV show "Scooby-Doo."|
|"I am not a fan of the slapstick comedy you see in animated movies. I like wordplay and a lot of the humour comes from interactions between the characters." - from www.liverpoolecho.co.uk, Sept. 12, 2012|
|Struggled on the script for "ParaNorman" for 10 years before finally completing it.|
|"A lot of people have said Norman is like me and that is definitely true. Norman is the kind of kid who likes to write stories. I was a quiet kid and I loved to sit in my room and make up stories about monsters and zombies." - from www.liverpoolecho.co.uk, Sept. 12, 2012|
|Was influenced by Tim Burton to make "ParaNorman" a stop-motion animated feature.|
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