LAIKA Missing Link

Before San Diego Comic-Con truly kicked off, the folks at LAIKA were treating San Diego to a new exhibition showcasing the incredibly hard work that goes into creating their stop-motion animated films like Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings. Now LAIKA is busy preparing their next movie, Missing Link, and their Comic-Con installation provided us with a fascinating new development of how they’re animating their characters to give them a bit more life. Read More »

missing link

Update 6/28/2018: Today, Laika announced that Missing Link will be released in theaters by U.S. distributor Annapurna Pictures on Friday, April 19, 2019. Our original article from May 8 follows:

Laika, the critically acclaimed animation studio behind hits like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, has announced the release date for its next highly anticipated film. Laika’s fifth film is Missing Link, an adventure movie about an investigator of mythical creatures who embarks on a journey to find the legendary “missing link” to mankind’s primitive ancestry.

At the Cannes Film Festival, Laika announced the full star-studded cast led by Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis, with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson becoming the latest prolific actors to join the ensemble.

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Laika's next film

Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and their most recent movie Kubo and the Two Strings, has teamed up with Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures for their untitled fifth film, currently being referred to as “Film Five.” Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis will star, and ParaNorman director Chris Butler is at the helm. Read more about Laika’s next film below. Read More »

the laika experience

Comic-Con doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow (although it unofficially kicks off tonight with all kinds of previews and off-site presentations), but everyone in San Diego can already get a little taste of some cinematic magic. LAIKA, the stop-motion animation studio behind films like Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings has set up shop in the Gaslamp District, offering a walkthrough mini-museum showing off puppets and sets from their movies.

And while you don’t have to be a Comic-Con badge holder to check out The LAIKA Experience, not everyone can be in San Diego. But we’ve got you covered. We checked it out and we returned with photos. Lots and lots of photos.

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Laika Experience at Comic-Con

In less than two weeks, over 130,000 fans will descend upon southern California for the annual San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest pop culture convention in the world. The/Film crew will be there to bring you the big updates from all the panels and events happening on site, and one of the events we’ll be attending doesn’t even require the coveted Comic-Con badge. In fact, it’s free, and anyone in the San Diego area can check it out.

The stop-motion animation studio LAIKA has announced a pop-up event in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego where they will showcase props, puppets, monsters, and sets from Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline, as well as fan art, interactive experiences, giveaways and a shop for picking up some sweet merchandise. Find out below what you can see at The LAIKA Experience at Comic-Con later this month. Read More »

2016 annie awards nominations

With December just around the corner, we’re about to plunge face-first into awards season. Before we even get to the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards, we’ll hear from every major critics group across the United States. But before that, we can peruse the 2016 Annie Awards nominees, which look the honor the best in animated films and television. While the Annie’s don’t always agree with the Oscars, the nominees here may provide a preview of what to expect from this category in the months ahead.

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Mondo Laika Prints - Kubo and the Two Strings

This was one of those lucky years when we were treated to the beauty of a stop-motion animated movie from those geniuses over at LAIKA. Kubo and the Two Strings didn’t arrive with much pomp and circumstance, but it was quite the satisfying theatrical experience for those of us who went out of our way to see it a couple months ago. For those of you who did catch it and fell in love with it, you might want to stay tuned to Mondo today to get your hands on some stunning new artwork.

Kubo and the Two Strings arrives on home video today, and Mondo is celebrating with a gorgeous new print by artist César Moreno. However, if you happen to be more of a fan of LAIKA’s first movie Coraline, then there are two new prints that might tickle your fancy even more. Check out the Mondo Laika prints after the jump. Read More »

Matt Ferguson Kubo and the Two Strings

One of the movies you may have missed towards the end of summer was Kubo and the Two Strings. The film came and went without much pomp and circumstance, but as yet another impressive, gorgeous stop-motion animated movie from those geniuses at LAIKA, it demands to be seen. Thankfully, the movie will arrive on home video just before Thanksgiving, making it the perfect holiday gift for that movie lover in your life.

But in the meantime, those of you who already saw Kubo and the Two Strings can try to get your hands on a gorgeous new print by artist Matt Ferguson. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Kubo and the Two Strings Time Lapse Video

If you haven’t seen Kubo and the Two Strings yet, you’re missing our on another gorgeous, moving animated adventure from LAIKA, the studio who brought you Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. The stop-motion geniuses have delivered some of their most beautiful work yet, and you’ll be amazed at some of sequences they pulled off.

Now you can see how they pull it off with an incredible time lapse video showing the animators moving the characters, creatures and set pieces frame by frame. If there are some parts of this movie that you didn’t believe were stop-motion animated (and there are some digital enhancements here and there), this will reassure you of all the hard work that goes into these films.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Featurette

This past weekend brought Kubo and the Two Strings to theaters, another gorgeous stop-motion animated adventure from the geniuses at LAIKA. As time goes on, stop-motion animation just gets more and more impressive thanks to the advancement of the technology used to make it. There’s some digital assistance here and there, but largely, it’s just some fine work done by brilliant animators who know exactly what they’re doing. However, one particular sequence needed a lot of digital assistance to come to life

One of the more breathtaking sequences in Kubo and the Two Strings comes from the opening scene when Kubo’s mother is navigating a roaring ocean in the middle of a storm. Thanks to a new featurette, we get the details on how digital animation and stop-motion puppetry combined to create this beautiful sequence. Read More »