Acclaimed stop-motion animation studio LAIKA — which is unleashing its latest fantasy masterpiece Kubo and the Two Strings in U.S. theaters on August 19 through Focus Features — announces a special interactive event, “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience.” The exhibition will be held August 5-14 at Universal Studios Hollywood, in the Globe Theatre. Admission is included with entry to the theme park.
A first for the studio, “A Magical LAIKA Experience” will feature an up-close look at the artistic detail and imagination behind the studio’s 10-year history of delivering groundbreaking films, including the Academy Award-nominated features Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014). The event will showcase the evolution of LAIKA’s unique blend of handcrafted stop-motion and visual effects through four themed rooms, populated with an extensive display of original sets, puppets and props.
“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.”
Read more about Kubo and the Two Strings in Tom McLean’s feature story from the August issue of Animation Magazine.