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Directed by Henry Selick
Written by Henry Selick
Music by They Might Be Giants
Distributed by Focus Features International
Release date
  • August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12)
Running time
8 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Moongirl is an animated short produced in 2005 by Laika. It was written and directed by Henry Selick and features a score by They Might Be Giants. It is the first film, and currently the only short film, produced by the company.


Leon, a young boy is out fishing at night when the moon goes dark. He is magically transported to the Moon, where he meets Moongirl, who he helps try to fix the moon.


  • Avrielle Corti as Moongirl
  • Zach Shada as Leon
  • Henry Selick as Gargaloons


The film came about after Laika held a contest for a short film idea. CG modeler Michael Berger's idea of a girl who controls the moon was chosen, and Selick was hired to develop the short.[1] Selick brought on They Might Be Giants to do the score after connecting with them through Courtney Booker, who worked on the music video for "Bastard Wants to Hit Me".[2]

In May 2004, Laika president Travis Knight's brother, Matthew, died suddenly, and the film was dedicated to his memory.


The film premiered at the Ottawa International Film Festival on September 24, 2005.[3][4] The film was also shown with October 2005 screenings of Selick's previous work The Nightmare Before Christmas at El Capitan Theatre.[5]

The film was adapted into a picture book which was written by Selick and illustrated by Peter Chan and Courtney Booker. The book, which was released on September 12, 2006, included a DVD copy of the film.[1]


The film has won awards at multiple film festivals, including the Short Film Special Jury Prize at the Ottawa International Film Festival, the Grand Owl Award, Best Animation at the Fantasy Worldwide International Film Festival, Best Animated Short at the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, Best Animated Film at Memphis International Film Festival and Best Animated Film at San Fernando Valley International Film Festival.[6]


  1. ^ a b Ziebarth, Christian (November 23, 2005). "Henry Selick talks Moongirl and more". Animated Views. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  2. ^ Groucho (January 27, 2009). "Henry Selick—Coraline—1/27/09". Groucho Review. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Ottawa International Animation Festival Announces Lineup". Digital Video Editing. July 19, 2005. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Ottawa 05 International Animation Festival". Ottawa International Animation Festival. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre Celebrates the Twelve Days of Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' From Oct. 20-31 With Exclusive Collectible Pins, Filmmakers' Panel, Costume Contests, Games, and Shorts". PR Newswire. October 12, 2005. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Animation Studio LAIKA Entertainment Acquires Alan Snow's International Bestseller "Here Be Monsters"". JDJ. April 3, 2006. Retrieved 2015-03-08.