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“Laika: Life in Stop Motion” will open at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) on September 1, 2022 and run through August 27, 2023. The studio will take over the animation section of “Behind the Screen”, an on-going exhibition of the history and processes behind motion pictures.


  • While the Portland studio works on this and that at home, “Life in Stop Motion” will share puppets, sets, and video clips from their first five films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), and Missing Link (2019). Keeping in line with the interactivity of “Behind the Screen”, the installation will give visitors hands-on access to characters and environments from past Laika films to create and share their own stop-motion animations online.
  • Known for using a balance of new technology and old techniques, Laika is uniquely suited to live amongst the museum’s existing live-action exhibits. Barbara Miller, MoMI deputy director for curatorial affairs, said: “Laika has created unforgettable characters and stories using stop-motion animation with hand-crafted techniques that date from the emergence of cinema. At the same time, they have done more than any other studio to bring this art form into the digital age. They are perfect partners for this exhibit, which invites visitors of all ages to appreciate the painstaking work of stop-motion animation, and experiment with making their own short films.”
  • Added Laika chief marketing officer and SVP of operations, David Burke: “Laika has established a unique identity in the world of cinema with its original and timeless stories amid advancing stop-motion animation with technological innovations. We share with MoMI a love of cinema and are delighted that the ‘hands on’ element of our exhibit allows fans to enjoy and embrace Laika’s singular way of filmmaking.”
  • Screenings of Laika films will be shown throughout its run in the Museum’s Redstone Theater.