Wendell (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key), from left, Father Bests (James Hong) and Wild (Jordan Peele) in the movie “Wendell & Wild.”

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Animation fans have been waiting a while for a new film from stop-motion master Henry Selick, who prior to his Netflix movie “Wendell & Wild” hadn’t released a feature since 2009’s wonderful “Coraline

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The patience has been rewarded. “Wendell & Wild” — based on an original Selick idea, adapted into a screenplay alongside one of the project’s producers and stars, Jordan Peele

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Peele and his longtime sketch comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key voice the title characters: a pair of demon brothers scheming to escape the underworld

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They think they’ve found their ticket out in the form of an angry orphan teen named Kat (Lyric Ross), who has supernatural powers and a yen for anarchy.

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But it turns out they’re all being manipulated and pitted against each other by mega-rich folks who plan to turn Kat’s dying old industrial town into one big private prison complex.

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The movie’s plot is a little convoluted — not uncommon for Selick — and involves both the heroes and the villains freely crossing the boundaries between life and death.

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“Wendell & Wild” has the telltale Selick look: the distended character designs, the expressionistic lighting and the willingness to let the puppets resemble puppets and the movements to be a little choppy,

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