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.
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.
Laika’s acclaimed animated film Kubo and the Two Strings is being released in China today by Infotainment China Media, a leading movie acquisition company. This is the first time a Laika film will be presented to the massive Chinese audience and marks a remarkable achievement in the evolution of the 10-year-old Portland-Oregon based animation studio
Laika has signed a distribution deal with Gaga Corporation to release its latest film Kubo and the Two Strings in Japan sometime this year. The exact dates have not been announced. Gaga also distributed Laika’s first feature film, Coraline (2009).
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed stop-animation studio Laika. The end credits sequence is always special in a Laika film and this one, which offers a glimpse of all the work that went into the making of the film, is no exception.
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.
Laika was honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Scientific & Technical Awards on Saturday, February 13 in Beverly Hills, California. Brian McLean and Martin Meunier received the Scientific and Engineering Award for Laika’s pioneering use of rapid prototyping for character animation in stop-motion film production. Laika, the animation studio located just outside Portland, Oregon, has produced three films, all of which have earned Oscar nominations for Outstanding Animated Film.
Laika, the award-winning animation studio nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, celebrates 10 years of bold and memorable filmmaking this month. For a company whose name means “little barker” in Russian, Portland, Oregon-based Laika has made quite a noise in the global film industry over a relatively short time. With its world-class filmmaking team, Laika pushes the boundaries of family entertainment and animated movies, redefining what stories can and should be told through the art form.