Coraline’s 3D Roots

By on February 25th, 2009 in blog


We thought the new animated motion picture Coraline was made entirely via computer graphics, but apparently not. Instead stop-motion/replacement animation was used. Scarlet Star Studios has a very interesting photo expose of the models used in the making of the movie.

Needless to say, all of the model characters are unique – and thus it’s very appropriate to produce them (or rather many of their component parts) on 3D printers. Pictured is Coraline with her snap-on mouth removed.

Where’s her mouth? It turns out that the Mount Everest of CG is facial expressions, and the snap-on mouth is a method of approaching that problem by being able to rapidly experiment with a wide variety of subtle mouth shapes, again using 3D printing. How many? Apparently they ended up with 15,300 different face modules for 21 unique characters.

Where did we put that cheesy smile again?

Via Scarlet Studios and CGSociety

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


  1. They actually used an Objet 3D printer to do their stop motion. I can’t seem to embed Youtube for some reason here, but search for Coraline and 3D Printer or Coraline and Objet and it will pop up for sure.

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