What’s the coolest thing about having your animation studio run by one of the world’s richest men? You get to make as many animated movies as you damn please.
Laika’s third feature film, “The Boxtrolls,” distributed by Focus Features, opened in third place in the United States with an estimated $17.3 million.
Costume designer Deborah Cook talks about the challenges of designing tiny costumes for the characters of Laika’s “The Boxtrolls.”
While there are currently no wholly animated films in the top ten of the U.S. box office, Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” began its foreign rollout in eight territories last weekend.
Last Friday the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a list of 21 scientific and technical achievements in 16 different areas, which have been selected for further awards consideration.
Laika is revolutionizing stop motion animation with 3D printing. We visited the set of their latest film, ‘The Boxtrolls,’ to find out how they do it.
A new commercial studio, House Special, launched in Portland, Oregon last week. The company was started by Lourri Hammack, Kirk Kelly and Al Cubillas, who ran Laika’s former commercial division Laika/house.
At a presentation for LAIKA’s third stop motion feature “The Boxtrolls,” LAIKA’s CEO Travis Knight told San Diego Comic-Con audiences that he hopes to make a hand-drawn animated film at some point in the future.
The Venice Film Festival, which is the world’s oldest film festival, announced the line-up today for their 71st edition. The festival is known for not giving much consideration to animated cinema, but they always throw in a few animated films.
Laika does amazing work as an animation studio, no doubt about it, but the studio’s history is somewhat less admirable. The company was built on top of Will Vinton’s eponymous Portland studio in a shrewd corporate takeover by multi-billionaire Nike co-founder Phil Knight. After Knight took control of the company in 2002, he placed a failed rapper named Chilly Tee with slight experience in animation, who also happened to be his son Travis Knight, in charge of the entire company.