Laika, the award-winning animation studio nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, celebrates 15 years of bold, memorable and award-winning filmmaking this month. In 2009, its first feature film, Coraline, was named one of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Films of the year. With its world-class filmmaking team and a commitment to make “movies that matter,” Laika pushes the boundaries of family entertainment and animated movies, redefining what stories can and should be told through the art form.
Film industry veteran David Burke has been appointed chief marketing officer of the Oscar-winning animation studio Laika, creators of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link. Burke joins Laika from Universal Pictures where he was general manager for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland since 2006. Laika president and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement.
Award-winning VFX and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures has appointed Matthew Bristowe director of operations. Benefiting from both a creative and commercial background in some of the biggest VFX studios in the world, Bristowe’s hire solidifies Jellyfish Pictures’ continued expansion.
Rising Sun Pictures, working in tandem with Weta Digital, the lead visual effects studio, created critical shots for two key sequences in the film, including a furious battle between soldiers from Earth and fearsome cyborg warriors known as Berserkers.
Arri Media and Trixter have agreed on a strategic and operational collaboration in the fields of VFX and animation. In the future and across locations, both post-production companies will be offering all their visual effects and animation services together. In addition to the coordinated interfaces and optimal scalability, customers will now benefit from a much larger range of services.
The Portland Art Museum and its Northwest Film Center are celebrating Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of Laika, a groundbreaking view behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the globally renowned animation studio.
Atomic Fiction has named Marc Chu to lead the studio's animation efforts across its Oakland and Montreal locations. Chu joins Atomic Fiction from ILM, where he most recently served as animation director, bringing more than 20 years of experience animating and supervising the creation of everything from aliens and spaceships to pirates and superheroes.
Award-winning animation studio Laika has tapped Striker Entertainment to serve as its worldwide licensing agent.
By overwhelming popular demand, acclaimed animation studio Laika will present a return holiday engagement of From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience from December 21, 2016 to January 15, 2017 at Universal Studios Hollywood. This special event will take place within the theme park’s Globe Theatre and is included in the price of admission.
Funimation Films has acquired the highly anticipated Japanese animated film One Piece Film: Gold from Toei Animation. The film, from Eiichiro Oda, original creator and executive producer of the One Piece anime series, is the 13th film in the franchise and the first since 2012.