Selick, Henry 1952-

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Selick, Henry 1952-


Born November 30, 1952, in Glen Ridge, NJ; married; wife's name Heather; children: one son. Education: Attended Rutgers University, Syracuse University, and Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design; California Institute of the Arts, degree (experimental animation), 1977. Hobbies and other interests: Playing guitar and piano.


Home—Portland, OR.


Film director, film producer, and writer. Walt Disney Studios, animator trainee, then animator; freelance filmmaker for films and commercials; Laika Entertainment House (formerly Vinton Studios), Portland, OR, supervising director for feature film development, beginning 2004. Film work includes stop-motion animation director of The Nightmare before Christmas, 1993, James and the Giant Peach, 1996, Monkeybone, 2001, The Life Aquatic, 2004, Moongirl, 2005, and Coraline.


Moongirl (includes DVD; based on Selick's animated short film), illustrated by Peter Chan, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2006.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, November 1, 2006, Janice Del Negro, review of Moongirl, p. 62.

Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2006, review of Moongirl, p. 1024.

New York Times, February 23, 2001, David Kohr, interview with Selick, p. B10.

School Library Journal, December, 2006, Julie Roach, review of Moongirl, p. 116.


Animation Web site, (April 1, 2005), Ryan Ball, "Selick Talks Vinton Projects."

Digital Media FX Web site, (October 27, 2007), Noell Wolfgram Evans, profile of Selick.

Tribute Online, (October 27, 2007), "Henry Selick."