Laika Brings Multi-Million Dollar Movie Empire To Life In Portland

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‘Coraline,’ LAIKA’s first feature remains their biggest hit to date in a portfolio that has earned $528.1 million at the worldwide box office to date.

Fans of Laika are getting to experience the studio’s groundbreaking work in a whole new way.

The Portland Art Museum and its Northwest Film Center celebrate Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of Laika, a peak behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the renowned animation studio whose films have taken over $528.1 million at the worldwide box office.

Established in Portland, Oregon in 2005, Laika has produced four Oscar-nominated features, including Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline – the latter, the studio’s first feature in 2009, remains their most successful with a domestic box take of $75.29 million unadjusted for inflation, worldwide it made $124.6 million unadjusted. Production is currently underway on their fifth full-length feature although details regarding exactly what it is about are currently still a closely guarded secret.

Laika remains devoted to telling new and original stories in unprecedented ways, and the exhibition, which opens its doors on October 14, 2017, and runs through May 20, 2018, is a natural and logical extension of that. An incarnation of the exhibition staged at San Diego International Comic-Con in July of this year was a roaring success with people queuing for hours to get a glimpse of the Laika team’s work. It’s hoped that at some point in the future the exhibition will appear at other locations around the world although details of where and when have yet to be revealed.

“We believe storytelling is an important part of who we are,” said Travis Knight, Laika’s President & CEO – he also directed the studio’s most recent award-winning film, Kubo and the Two Strings. He added: “Laika embraces our great privilege to tell stories by creating films that bring people together, kindle imaginations and inspire people to dream. Art in its finest forms speaks to our shared humanity, opening us up to new ways of thinking and feeling and helping us to recognize the hidden connectivity of all things. With this exhibit, Laika, Portland Art Museum, and the Northwest Film Center have created something that can be part of that communal process of change and connection.”

Using a combination of behind-the-scenes photography, video clips and physical artwork from its films, visitors will be immersed in Laika’s creative process, exploring the production design, sets, props, puppets, costumes, and world-building that have become the studio’s hallmarks. Their acclaimed feature films, which have made $283.51 million at the domestic box office to date unadjusted ($332.18 million adjusted for inflation), are a triumph of imagination, ingenuity, and craftsmanship and have redefined modern animation putting the studio on a par with the likes of Pixar.

Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of Laika opens at Portland Art Museum on October 14, 2017.

 

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laika, exhibition, portland, kubo, coraline, boxtrolls, paranorman, animation, oscars, box officeLAIKA/Focus Features

‘Coraline,’ LAIKA’s first feature remains their biggest hit to date in a portfolio that has earned $528.1 million at the worldwide box office to date.

Fans of Laika are getting to experience the studio’s groundbreaking work in a whole new way.

The Portland Art Museum and its Northwest Film Center celebrate Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of Laika, a peak behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the renowned animation studio whose films have taken over $528.1 million at the worldwide box office.

Established in Portland, Oregon in 2005, Laika has produced four Oscar-nominated features, including Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline – the latter, the studio’s first feature in 2009, remains their most successful with a domestic box take of $75.29 million unadjusted for inflation, worldwide it made $124.6 million unadjusted. Production is currently underway on their fifth full-length feature although details regarding exactly what it is about are currently still a closely guarded secret.

Laika remains devoted to telling new and original stories in unprecedented ways, and the exhibition, which opens its doors on October 14, 2017, and runs through May 20, 2018, is a natural and logical extension of that. An incarnation of the exhibition staged at San Diego International Comic-Con in July of this year was a roaring success with people queuing for hours to get a glimpse of the Laika team’s work. It’s hoped that at some point in the future the exhibition will appear at other locations around the world although details of where and when have yet to be revealed.

“We believe storytelling is an important part of who we are,” said Travis Knight, Laika’s President & CEO – he also directed the studio’s most recent award-winning film, Kubo and the Two Strings. He added: “Laika embraces our great privilege to tell stories by creating films that bring people together, kindle imaginations and inspire people to dream. Art in its finest forms speaks to our shared humanity, opening us up to new ways of thinking and feeling and helping us to recognize the hidden connectivity of all things. With this exhibit, Laika, Portland Art Museum, and the Northwest Film Center have created something that can be part of that communal process of change and connection.”

Using a combination of behind-the-scenes photography, video clips and physical artwork from its films, visitors will be immersed in Laika’s creative process, exploring the production design, sets, props, puppets, costumes, and world-building that have become the studio’s hallmarks. Their acclaimed feature films, which have made $283.51 million at the domestic box office to date unadjusted ($332.18 million adjusted for inflation), are a triumph of imagination, ingenuity, and craftsmanship and have redefined modern animation putting the studio on a par with the likes of Pixar.

Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of Laika opens at Portland Art Museum on October 14, 2017.

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