*“From the beginning, our community at Laika has wholeheartedly pursued the simplest of goals…to make movies that matter.”
In anticipation of their upcoming film, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika films debuts, “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” at Universal Studios Hollywood, this summer on a limited time engagement.
The exhibit provides four rooms showcasing an in-depth look into Laika’s visual effects and handcrafted stop-motion animation, and includes props and puppets. And original sets from Oscar nominated films “The Boxtrolls” (2014), “ParaNorman” (2012), and “Coraline” (2009).
“From the beginning, our community at Laika has wholeheartedly pursued the simplest of goals: to make movies that matter,” expressed Travis Knight, the President of Laika.
Combining two decades of animation experience, childhood inspiration, and love of Japanese culture, the animator will share his latest masterpiece, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” to the world on August 19th.
“It’s no coincidence my first film as a director combines all the things I’ve loved deeply since I was a child…epic fantasy, animation, samurai stories, and the beautiful transcendent art of Japan,” explained the CEO.
Knight also said “Kubo and the Two Strings” is the most personal film he has ever worked on.
“The emotional core of the narrative is about a boy and his mother and that connects with my own experiences,” shared the Oregonian. “Like Kubo, I was a lonely kid, and my existence revolved around my mother. She was my closest friend, the defining relationship of my young life. This movie explores that time in our lives when those things began to shift, and then irrevocably change; when we learn a profound and melancholic truth, that to love is to hurt. That’s a hard truth, but it’s a fundamental aspect of what it means to be human.”
“From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” is located in the Globe Theatre and is included in the cost of park admission.
For more information go to universalstudioshollywood.com.