As digital cinema technology evolves, the creative community is finding new ways to entertain and inform the public. As case in point opens next month when acclaimed animation studio Laika will present From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience. The special event will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Globe Theatre from August 5-14 and is included in the price of admission to the theme park. Focus Features will release the latest Laika film, Kubo and the Two Strings, in U.S. theaters on August 19.
The interactive event will feature an up-close look at the artistic detail and imagination behind Laika’s groundbreaking ten-year filmmaking history, which also includes the Academy Award-nominated films Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014).
From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience, will showcase the evolution of Laika’s unique blend of handcrafted stop-motion animation and visual effects magic that will come to life in four imaginatively themed rooms. The extensive display of original sets, puppets and props will immerse guests in their singular, fantastical worlds.
“Laika’s films are an imaginative fusion of old-school movie magic and cutting-edge technological innovation,” says Travis Knight, Laika’s president & CEO who makes his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings. “For the first time ever, we’re peeling back the curtain and inviting audiences into our worlds, to see where our dreams are born. This experience offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable creative process of the brilliant artists and mad geniuses of Laika. I’m thrilled that their cinematic wizardry will be beautifully on display at Universal Studios Hollywood.”
Set in a fantastical Japan, Kubo and the Two Strings follows the journey of clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson), a young boy whose relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.
Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (voiced by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (voiced by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) and sets out on a thrilling quest to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny. The voice cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, and Rooney Mara.