Henry Selick

Director, Stop motion animator, Producer
This Disney-trained stop-motion animation specialist worked successfully in advertising and "personal" short subjects before making a triumphant feature directorial debut with the popular and playfully macabre "Tim ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1952 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA


Director (10)

The Shadow King 2014 (Movie)


The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Coraline 2009 (Movie)


Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)


James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)


Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)


Seepage 1981 (Movie)


Phases 1977 (Movie)


Phases 1977 (Movie)

Producer (4)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)


Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)


Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)

Art Department (3)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Visual adaptation (Concept Artist)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)
Writer (3)

The Shadow King 2014 (Movie)


Coraline 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)

Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

(Animation Supervisor)
Actor (1)

Masters of Fantasy: Ray Harryhausen 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music (1)

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

("Sirens of the Sea") (Song)
Other (1)

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions 1991 (Movie)

design (Other)


This Disney-trained stop-motion animation specialist worked successfully in advertising and "personal" short subjects before making a triumphant feature directorial debut with the popular and playfully macabre "Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'" (1993). Selick became a Disney animator after graduating from the first class at CalArts to complete Disney's character animation design program. As he rose through the ranks to become a full animator, Selick worked on "Pete's Dragon", "The Small One" (both 1977) and "The Fox and the Hound" (1981) before taking off eight months in 1979 to work on his own projects with American Film Institute backing. One such was "Seepage" (1979), a stop-motion depiction of a poolside chat that utilized watercolor animation of two figures--one in profile, the other looking straight ahead. The film garnered prizes on the animation festival circuit.

Selick left Disney and Burbank for northern California where he founded his own production company, Selick Projects. He became known for producing dense, jam-packed promos for MTV including a Clio award-winning spot called "Haircut M" in which a fanciful insect carves the station logo into a red big hairdo. Working for the San Francisco-based Colossal Pictures, Selick also revitalized the then 28-year-old Pillsbury Doughboy campaign. He also helmed the award-winning Ritz Bits ad in which hundreds of crackers ski down peanut butter slopes and fly to the moon in search of cheese.

MTV sponsored Selick's most ambitious project up to that time--"Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions" (1990), a surreal six-minute short combining stop-motion and live action. He was subsequently recruited by fellow Disney alumnus Tim Burton to helm his "Nightmare", the first full-length stop-motion animated feature produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Selick Projects transformed into Skellington Productions in 1991 for this massive project. A critical and commercial hit, "Nightmare" led to another stop-motion feature for Disney, "James and the Giant Peach" (1996). Even more complex than its predecessor, the film combined stop-motion animation with elements of computer-generated imagery and live-action. Selick also directed the film's extensive live-action prologue. The film opened to critical and commercial acclaim.


Heather Selick Special Thanks



Rutgers University

New Brunswick , New Jersey
Attended for only one year

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1977
While a student, his student films, "Phases" and "Tube Tales," were nominated for Student Academy Awards

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Burbank Adult School

Burbank , California
Took a night drawing class, where he met and became friends with Tim Burton



Directed the first three-dimensional stop-motion animation film, "Coraline"; the first feature by LAIKA studios; film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature


Directed LAIKA's first computer-generated animated short, "Moongirl"


Developed stop-motion animation for Wes Anderson's feature, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"


Joined the Portland based animation studio, LAIKA as supervising director for feature film development


Directed the live action/animated adaptation of the underground comic, "Moneybone"


Directed the live-action/stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book, "James and the Giant Peach"


Miramax agreed to fully fund and finance as well as cover all operating costs for all film projects through his company, Twitching Images


Skellington Productions was re-named Twitching Images, Inc.


Feature directorial debut, "Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'"; was the first full-length, stop-motion feature from a major studio; nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects


Sellick Projects became Skellington Productions


Created the award-winning six-minute pilot for an animated series called "Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions"; sponsored by MTV


Founded own production company, Selick Projects


Created the storyboarded fantasy sequences for Walter Murch's "Return to Oz"


First credit as sequence director, "Twice Upon a Time"


First credit as a full-fledged animator, "The Fox and the Hound"


Took eight months off work on personal projects sponsored by the American Film Institute


Was funded through the National Endowment for the Arts to make his debut short, "Seepage"


Worked as an animator trainee and an in-betweener on Disney's "Pete's Dragon" and "The Small One"


Became interested in animation by watching a PBS program featuring experimental animation at age 20


Began drawing by age three

Directed promotional spots for MTV, including the award-winning Haircut M campaign

Studied under animator, Jules Engel, while working at Disney

Directed commercials for the Pillsbury Doughboy and Ritz Crackers

Directed two short animated films while attending CalArts, "Phases" and "Tube Tales"