Released just over a week ago, The Boxtrolls had the best-ever opening for Laika, and going into this weekend had a global take sitting at $38m. Those are good numbers, and all the more remarkable because The Boxtrolls isn’t a smooth and sanitized picture. Rather it is idiosyncratic and unusual, especially for today’s animation landscape. Since Laika’s films aren’t cheap (this one is reportedly budgeted at around $60m) and take considerable time to create, it’s good to know that the company has a partner going forward.
Focus Features and Universal have partnered with Laika in the past to release the studio’s films domestically and abroad. And the companies have announced that they’ve signed a new three-film pact. That means that we’ll see another trio of Laika films with the muscle of Focus and Universal behind them. More info follows. Read More »
I’ve heard a good number of people say that their favorite late summer film was Laika‘s Paranorman, and so it may hearten that audience to know that Laika has another film coming. It just isn’t coming all that soon. The animation studio has set September 26, 2014 as the date for a film that is as yet untitled. While we don’t know the precise identity of the project, we have a couple good ideas to choose from. Read More »
Animation house Laika has done a few supernatural-themed projects in a row, with Corpse Bride, Coraline and the forthcoming ParaNorman on its CV. Now the studio will make a third, as it plans to produce an adaptation of the Philip Reeve book Goblins, with Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson in the director’s chair. (Laika and Gustafson just worked together with Wes Anderson on a commercial for Sony, and the director has been at the head of many other commercial projects for the company.)
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