Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

There’s a good chance that I will always be stunned by how incredibly gorgeous stop-motion animation looks from Laika. The studio is host to dozens of animators who are masters of their craft, and when you see the new footage from the final Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, you’ll certainly agree.

The fantasy adventure follows a young boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) who gets caught up in the kind of fantasy adventures with which he usually entertains his village. With the help of a monkey (Charlize Theron) and a trusty, loyal warrior named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo must face gods and monsters in order to learn the true history of his family and become a hero in the process. Read More »

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

The sheer beauty and wonder of stop-motion animation from LAIKA will never cease to amaze me. A new trailer for their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings, has just arrived, and as the animation studio’s first epic, the visual are truly stunning. The intricacy of the animation makes you wonder why LAIKA takes the time do make these movies in stop-motion animated, but if you’ve seen any of their movies, you know that it gives it a certain homemade quality that makes it that much more special.

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Kubo and the Two Strings trailer

After CoralineParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, in LAIKA we trust. The animation studio made three ambitious, distinct stop-motion animated movies, films that aren’t always afraid of scaring children. They trust kids to be brave as their protagonists, which is rare for anyone making family movies. As proven by the this wonderful full-length Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, the company hasn’t changed their ways and this looks to be their biggest film to date.

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Laika 10th Anniversary

Stop-motion animation is perhaps the most difficult in the entire animation field. Animators have to move their characters and sets by a single frame at a time to film 24 frames in a second. And if you’ve seen movies from Laika such as Coraline and ParaNorman, then you know that they don’t hold back when it comes to intricate and meticulously crafted production pieces.

Now a new video reel from Laika celebrates 10 years of stop-motion magnificence, running through clips and behind the scenes footage from their films Coraline, ParaNorman and most recently The Boxtrolls. Plus, there’s some new footage from their forthcoming adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. Watch! Read More »

kubo and the two strings trailer

Laika, the animation studio known for quirky and visually stunning stop-motion animated movies like Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, are back with their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings. And like their previous work, which floated between genres and refused to pin the company down as the maker of a certain kind of movie, this one looks visually stunning and unlike anything else being sold to family audiences these days.

Watch the Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump.

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fourth laika movie

Laika has produced three gorgeous stop-motion features so far: Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. Now there’s a new one coming, as the fourth Laika movie has been announced as Kubo and the Two Strings. It’s an original story from Paranormal writers Marc Haimes and Chris Butler which the company describes as “a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.”

As usual, the film is being animated at the company’s home base in Oregon, and is being directed by company founder Travis Knight, who is also producing with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman). The film uses, as the press release calls it, Laika’s “innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique.”

Get the full voice cast list and more info on Kubo and the Two Strings below.  Read More »

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Laika hand-drawn

Laika has made a name for themselves with their hand-crafted stop-motion animated feature films like Coraline, ParaNorman and the upcoming movie Boxtrolls. But the Portland-based animation studio wants to help hand-drawn animation make a comeback. During the Boxtrolls Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Laika head Travis Knight would like to do a 2D hand-drawn animated feature film. Find out more about a possible Laika hand-drawn animation feature film, after the jump.

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Movie studios release b-roll footage for tv producers to splice in between their 30 second junket interview clip on the local morning show (or other such productions). We often post this unedited footage on the site because we love the brief glimpses it gives us at the creation of a movie.

After the jump you’ll fine 18 minutes of behind the scenes b-roll footage from LAIKA’s new stop-motion animated feature film ParaNorman. This includes a look at all aspects of the production, including how Laika used color 3D printers to create the facial animations. Stop-Motion Animation is the most intimately handcrafted flavor of filmmaking. Even after knowing how these movies get made, you probably have no idea of just how much time it takes to create the puppets, the costumes, the sets, never-mind animate each scene by hand. Be warned that some of the footage contains no sound. Enjoy!

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In February 2012, I visited the Portland-based animation studio Laika to watch the production of their newest stop-motion animated feature film ParaNorman (you can read about what I learned on set here). While on set I participated in an extensive roundtable interview with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell about the very long process of turning this idea into a hand-crafted stop-motion animated 3D feature film. After the jump you can read the entire transcript of the interview.

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