Kubo creator Shannon Tindle shares the heartbreaking story of how he had the rug pulled from under him on what was almost his feature directorial debut.
Set in rural Missouri, the film will be a departure from Laika’s traditional kids and family fare in both aesthetic and narrative terms.
Marq Evans’s film also gives a rounded portrait of Vinton himself, as a visionary but flawed artist and leader.
The studio is also at work on its sixth animated feature.
The executive was previously overseeing development at the John Lasseter-led Skydance Animation.
The studio says it intends to hire back employees when it can safely have the crew back in its buildings.
From giving animators greater rigging control to refining the ability to time transformations more precisely, ILM has perfected the technical animation art of the transformation.
The first of the studio’s films that doesn’t star a child, “Missing Link” pushes Laika in a more mature direction.
“The Transformers” are going vintage – well, as vintage as you can get for a toy line created in the eighties.
Zach Galifianakis is Mr. Link in Laika’s upcoming film, set for 2019 release.
Laika is teasing some new details about its fifth stop motion feature.
An exclusive first-look at the upcoming documentary about animation legend Will Vinton and how he changed stop-motion animation in the United States.
Travis Knight is coming aboard the Transformers franchise.
The Producers Guild of America likes Disney Company animated films—A LOT.
Reactions from the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers!
A ‘hacked’ bowling ball helped Laika’s animators create a crucial underwater scene for the film.
Only in Hollywood animation: seven white dudes discuss representation, feminism, and cultural sensitivity.
Six artists and executives will be honored at the 5th Annual World Animation & VFX Summit.
Laika has some very different projects planned for the future.
We go behind-the-scenes to learn how Laika animated one of the biggest stop motion puppets ever constructed.
Will Laika score big with “Kubo and the Two Strings”?
A new trailer is out for Laika’s next film.
Laika’s fourth film, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” is an honest-to-goodness action-adventure film set in a mythic Japan.
Laika’s next film, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” will mark the directorial debut of animator Travis Knight.
Five animated features have been nominated for a Golden Globe in the best animated feature category.
A 40-minute video roundtable with six feature film directors and producers contending for an Oscar this year.
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.
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.
In this LA Times story about the resurgence of stop motion animated features, Travis Knight, the producer of Laika’s ParaNorman and one …