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The First Image For 'The Shadow King' Comes Into The Light

Henry Selick really doesn't get the credit he deserves.  Most people still seem to think that Tim Burton directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Selick's other films (which have been strong, other then the abysmal MonkeyBone) didn't have the impact that they should have.  Despite the fact that stop motion films usually do decent business, Disney canned Shademaker, his next planned project.  He isn't taking that lying down, though, because he's now working on a film called The Shadow King, and what we've seen has been awesome.

The synopsis, according to, is: 

The Shadow King is described as being a deliciously magical tale about nine-year-old New York orphan Hap who hides his fantastically weird hands with long fingers from a cruel world. But when a living shadow girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come to life, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous monster bent on killing Hap’s brother Richard and ultimately destroying New York.

It's magical yet dark, like the kind of fairy tales they had a hundred years ago.  Whether it gets mainstream recognition or not, I'm predicting that this will be a classic!

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