LAIKA, the award-winning animation studio whose five films — Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) and Missing Link (2019) — have delighted fans and wowed critics, will present a day-long retrospective of its films at The Landmark in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 27. Admission is free.
In addition, an exhibition of LAIKA puppets and dioramas will delight fans in the Landmark lobby. The Landmark is located at 10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064.
LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight, who directed Kubo and the Two Strings, will introduce the screening and participate in a Q&A after the film, while writer/director Chris Butler will do a Q&A after the screening of Missing Link.
For more information about free tickets, please visit www.LAIKAretrospective.com.
10:30 a.m. Kubo and the Two Strings (Introduction by and Post Screening Q&A with LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight, director of Kubo and Bumblebee.) Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson and George Takei lead an international voice cast in this story of a young boy named Kubo who must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Won the BAFTA Award and was nominated for the Golden Globe and two Oscars: Animated Film and VFX, the first time in 25 years that an animated film had broken through in the VFX category. LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar for its innovation in Rapid Prototyping after the release of Kubo and the Two Strings.
1:15 p.m. Missing Link (Q&A to Follow with Chris Butler, writer/director of Missing Link and ParaNorman). Mr. Link (a.k.a. “Bigfoot) recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travels the world to help their new friend. Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis head an international voice cast.
4:00 p.m. ParaNorman. A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck and Leslie Mann lead the voice cast. Nominated for the Oscar and BAFTA as well as a GLAAD Media Award.
6:15 p.m. Coraline. An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and Ian McShane lead the voice cast. AFI’s Movie of the Year, Coraline was nominated for the Oscar®, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and won “Best Feature” at the BAFTA Children’s Awards.
8:45 p.m. The Boxtrolls. A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost lead the cast. Nominated for an Academy Award, the BAFTA and Golden Globe.
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