Laika and Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture have announced a new exhibition that will showcase the creativity, artistry, and innovation that make the studio a global leader in stop motion animation. Visitors will be immersed in the hidden worlds of Laika — both the magical settings the characters inhabit, and the behind-the-scenes wonders of producing these modern classics.
Hidden Worlds: The Films of Laika, the largest exhibition that Laika has ever mounted, will open in March. The exhibit encompasses more than 7,500 square feet with immersive displays, film artifacts, and interactives spotlighting Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Missing Link (2019), and Wildwood, which has not yet been released.
“Laika tells original, enduring stories with meaningful themes and a commitment to filmmaking innovation,” said MoPOP’s director of curatorial, collections, and exhibits Jacob McMurray. “We can’t wait to give our guests a peek behind the curtain into the world of stop motion animation and how emerging technologies are fused with timeless techniques to create Laika’s state-of-the-art film masterpieces.”
“Laika is a multifaceted community of dreamers, makers, storytellers, scientists, engineers, and artists all committed to making movies that matter,” said LAIKA’s chief marketing officer and senior vice president of operations David Burke. “We believe that cinema is a profoundly important and fertile landscape in which we can tell stories that will speak to global audiences, both now and for generations to come. Film is a universally shared cultural language and it’s thrilling to be partnering with MoPOP, which celebrates the power of popular culture and the individuals who create that magic.”
March 18 is the first full day the exhibition will be open to the public. Tickets to the museum and the Hidden Worlds exhibition are on-sale at MoPOP.org/LAIKA.