Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” Screens At 71st Venice Film Festival

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Laika’s  third big, stop motion feature, “The Box Trolls”  screened out of competition last Sunday at the 71st Venice Film Festival and in theatres later this month, (September 26th).

Based on Alan Snow’s “Here Be Monsters”, the cardboard wearing Boxtrolls live beneath the streets of Cheesborough, only coming up from underground at night to collect items they need to build machines for their underground city. Ben Kinglsey, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade all star in feature, with Anthony Stacchi (“Open Season”) and Graham Annabel (story artist on “Coraline” and “ParaNorman“) co-directing, and produced by Travis Knight and David IchiokaContinue reading... “Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” Screens At 71st Venice Film Festival”

Next VFX/PDX Meeting – ILM & LAIKA! Sat., May 25th

To all visual effects fans and film buffs – we’ve got a live one here!  Jeff White (Visual Effects Supervisor) will be coming up from ILM and showing off their Oscar nominated work on The Avengers.  These are behind the scenes that go deeper than you’ll ever see on any DVD extras, and you’ll see in depth how the VFX team swarms on raw footage and magically transforms it into the film you see on screen. Continue reading... “Next VFX/PDX Meeting – ILM & LAIKA! Sat., May 25th”

Check out LAIKA’s Latest ParaNorman Teaser Video: “Making Norman”

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As we get closer to ParaNorman’s official August release date, LAIKA released an interesting new video today called “Making Norman.”  This video gives a unique inside look into how much work goes into designing and fabricating a single stop-motion character.  After seeing the trailers and teaser videos we can hardly wait for August to see the film.  In the meantime, you can view the official trailers here. Continue reading... “Check out LAIKA’s Latest ParaNorman Teaser Video: “Making Norman””

Check Out the Teaser Trailer for LAIKA’s “ParaNorman”

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The first teaser trailer for LAIKA’s next stop-motion animated feature film “ParaNorman” was just released, and it looks great. We are looking forward to the film’s release in 2012! Check out the video above. Continue reading... “Check Out the Teaser Trailer for LAIKA’s “ParaNorman””

LAIKA House – Behind the Scenes of a new Honda commercial

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We often talk about Oregon being a great place for car commercials.  Of course usually we mean live action commercials.  This youtube video shows the behind the scenes of LAIKA House’s recent commercial for the Honda Pilot.  This video really shows off the technical expertise and craftmanship of Oregon’s Animation industry. Continue reading... “LAIKA House – Behind the Scenes of a new Honda commercial”

Behind the Scenes of LAIKA House’s new Honda Commercial

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Ever wonder how LAIKA House produces their commercials?  This video is a great look into just how they do it.  It takes a special group of artists and technicians to make a commercial like this one for Honda.  We’ve been talking a lot about Oregon’s diversity of roads to land car commercials, we didn’t stop to think that Oregon’s Animation industry is also a strategic advantage! Continue reading... “Behind the Scenes of LAIKA House’s new Honda Commercial”

LAIKA Acquires Rights to Develop Colin Meloy’s and Carson Ellis’ “Wildwood”

Today LAIKA announced it has optioned the film rights to the recently released novel “Wildwood”.  The novel was written by Decemberists front man Colin Meloy with the book illustrations done by Carson Ellis.  This announcement is more proof that Oregon’s creative industry is in full swing on many different levels and now those entities are collaborating.  The novel is the first of a planned three books set in an alternative version of Portland focusing on Forest Park.  LAIKA’s announcement appeared in this Variety article. Continue reading... “LAIKA Acquires Rights to Develop Colin Meloy’s and Carson Ellis’ “Wildwood””

LAIKA Acquires Rights to Develop Colin Meloy’s and Carson Ellis’ “Wildwood”

Today LAIKA announced it has optioned the film rights to the recently released novel “Wildwood”.  The novel was written by Decemberists front man Colin Meloy with the book illustrations done by Carson Ellis.  This announcement is more proof that Oregon’s creative industry is in full swing on many different levels and now those entities are collaborating.  The novel is the first of a planned three books set in an alternative version of Portland focusing on Forest Park.  LAIKA’s announcement appeared in this Variety article. Continue reading... “LAIKA Acquires Rights to Develop Colin Meloy’s and Carson Ellis’ “Wildwood””

LAIKA Creates Trailer For New Colin Meloy Book

“How five crows managed to lift a 20-pound baby boy into the air was beyond Prue, but that was certainly the least of her worries.”

As if being the lead singer of one of the most highly-thought of bands around wasn’t enough, Colin Meloy – front man for the Decembrists – has added author extraordinaire to his list of titles. His children’s book Wildwood, the first in a series, is set to hit stores August 30th.

Wildwood is the story of Prue McKeel, a young girl who must adventure into the Impassible Wilderness on the edge of Portland, Oregon after her baby brother is abducted by a murder of crows. Continue reading... “LAIKA Creates Trailer For New Colin Meloy Book”

LAIKA Creates Trailer For New Colin Meloy Book

“How five crows managed to lift a 20-pound baby boy into the air was beyond Prue, but that was certainly the least of her worries.”

As if being the lead singer of one of the most highly-thought of bands around wasn’t enough, Colin Meloy – front man for the Decembrists – has added author extraordinaire to his list of titles. His children’s book Wildwood, also featuring fantastic illustrations from Carson Ellis, is set to hit stores August 30th. Continue reading... “LAIKA Creates Trailer For New Colin Meloy Book”