OMSI To Feature LAIKA Films


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LAIKA, whose five films (Missing Link, Kubo and the Two Strings, The

Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline) have all received Oscar® nominations for Best Animated Film, will partner with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) for multiple screenings of all its films as well as filmmaker discussions and a display of puppets and sets this October. For ticket information, please visit https://omsi.edu/laika-at-omsi.

Last week, LAIKA announced it is currently in production on the animated feature film Wildwood, based on the bestselling novel written by Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, and illustrated by artist Carson Ellis. LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight will direct. 

LAIKA was awarded a Scientific & Technical Oscar® in 2016 for its innovations in facial animation and won the BAFTA for Kubo and the Two Strings and the Golden Globe for Missing Link. At the heart of every LAIKA film are the artists who meticulously craft every element. Through its display of puppets and sets from all of LAIKA’s Oscar®-nominated films, visitors to OMSI can immerse themselves in LAIKA’s creative process, exploring the production design, sets, props, puppets, costumes, and world-building that have become the studio’s hallmarks. LAIKA films are a triumph of imagination, ingenuity and craftsmanship and have redefined the limits of modern animation. During the two-week engagement, some of the key artists who created each film will engage with visitors in a series of Q&As and showings at OMSI’s Empirical Theater. 

“Animation has a unique ability to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences. We feel so fortunate to have LAIKA here in Portland providing us the unique opportunity to spotlight their creative, awardwinning films,” said Russ Repp, VP of Retail and Marketing at OMSI. “LAIKA’s work aligns with our mission to inspire curiosity in people of all ages, so we’re delighted to celebrate their 15 years of artistic innovation by hosting this truly special event.” 

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with a world-class institution like OMSI to share the magic of LAIKA’s filmmaking with our hometown fans,” said David Burke, Chief Marketing Officer MO & SVP, Business Operations at LAIKA. “Our studio has a unique approach to filmmaking, enhancing the artisanal stop-motion technique with technological innovations and through installations like this, fans have a chance to see that artistry up close whilst getting some behind the scenes details from our filmmakers.” 

LAIKA’s ‘hero’ or main character puppets as well as Moonbeast and the Skeleton (small scale) from Kubo and the Two Strings will be on display as well as several memorable sets, including:

  • Coraline’s Other Kitchen with Other Mother/Other Father and Beldam’s Sewing table from Coraline
  • Interior of Norman’s Bedroom and Mitch’s van with the gang and Zombie judge from ParaNorman
  • Sparky's Market tent and Snatcher’s Truck from The Boxtrolls
  • Kubo's market building from Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Sir Lionel's apartment and Adelina’s boat cabin from Missing Link

Some of LAIKA’s most notable artists will be on hand for in-person Q&As:

  • Friday, October 15: Ollie Jones, Director of Practical Effects
  • Saturday, October 16: Production Designer Nelson Lowry
  • Sunday, October 17: VFX Supervisor Steve Emerson
  • Friday, October 22: ParaNorman and Missing Link writer/director Chris Butler
  • Saturday, October 23: Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototyping (3D Printing)
  • Sunday, October 24: Animation Supervisor Brad Schiff
  • Friday, October 29: VFX Supervisor Steve Emerson
  • Saturday, October 30: Head of Production/Producer Arianne Sutner

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