Henry Selick

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    Henry Selick studied painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and printmaking at Syracuse University. While taking an animation class, he completed his first film, TUBE TALES, which received a nomination for a Student Academy Award in 1976. He enrolled at CalArts and then began training at Disney on THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981) but left in 1981 to sequence-direct on the cut-out animation feature TWICE UPON A TIME (1983). He then directed several stop-motion commercials and created storyboards for RETURN TO OZ (1983) and NUTCRACKER (1986). Selick was selected to direct NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993), which was followed by the stop-motion feature JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996) and MONKEYBONE (2001), a mix of live-action and stop-motion. His stop-motion animation work can also be seen in the sea creatures of THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (2004). Most recently, he served as director, producer, screenwriter, and production designer for the Oscar-nominated animated feature film CORALINE (2009).


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