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The Trailer for Jordan Peele’s New Portland-Made Stop-Motion Feature Is Here

Wendell & Wild hits Netflix October 28.

By Conner Reed September 6, 2022

Kat (Lyric Ross) and Sister Helley (Angela Bassett) in Wendell & Wild

Image: Netflix

It's no secret that Portland has long been a world hub for stop-motion animation. Now, with a little help from Jordan Peele, the man behind one of our biggest stop-motion exports is about to make his return to the medium with another Portland-shot project. And we've got the trailer to prove it.

Coraline director Henry Selick, whose other stop-motion credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, joined forces with Peele seven years ago to cook up the screenplay for Wendell & Wild, a comedy/horror flick produced by Netflix's Portland-based stop-motion arm. In it, Peele and his former comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key play the titular demons, who trick a teenage girl (voiced by Lyric Ross from This Is Us) to bring them to the land of the living.

After years of quiet hype, Wendell & Wild's first teaser trailer arrived this morning. If the teaser's hundred seconds are anything to go by, Selick is back in Coraline mode: We've got scary nuns, ghosts and ghouls aplenty, and enough nightmare fuel to make most adults break a sweat. 

The film premieres next week at the Toronto International Film Festival, before hitting theaters and Netflix on October 28. It's one of two major upcoming Portland-shot stop-motion releases—Guillermo Del Toro's long-awaited, fascist Italy-set Pinocchio arrives in December. Check out the full Wendell & Wild trailer below, and if you're itching to watch some other homegrown Halloween flicks before that one hits streaming, this list should do the trick

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