Coraline Opens Festival In Greece

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010: Coraline was the opening film at the Animasyros 3.0 International Animation Festival and Forum on Syros Island, Greece.  LAIKA/house Designer/Director Gesine Krätzner attended the festival and led a presentation on animation design.

“Surfrider” Competes at Ottawa

OCTOBER 20, 2010: The Surfrider Foundation’s ‘Rise Above Plastics’ has been selected for the Official Competition in the Promotional Animation Category at the Ottawa 2010 International Animation Festival from October 20-24. The spot, which was directed by Aaron Sorenson, was one of 89 films selected for competition from a field of 2092 entries. Learn more about More >

LAIKA/house Sweeps Up Five Telly Awards

AUGUST 2, 2010: The winners are: SILVER – Oregon Lottery “5,000 Watt Sweater” for “Use of Animation” and “Art Direction.” SILVER – Missouri Lottery “Ginger-pult” for “Use of Animation” and “Use of Humor.” BRONZE – Earth2O “Keep it Real” for “Use of Animation.” The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television More >

Coraline Appears At California Exhibitions

JUNE 29, 2010: A Coraline puppet and early Coraline character designs from Shane Prigmore, Tadahiro Uesugi and Dan Krall were on display at the California State Fair Pop Culture exposition in Sacramento from July 15 – August 1.  The same exhibit appeared at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, from June 29 – July 16. More >

Moongirl, Mouse Screen At International Festival In San Diego

JULY 25, 2010: The Seventh Annual San Diego International Children’s Film Festival kicked off Kids Day at Comic-Con on July 25, with more than 60 short films from around the world, including LAIKA’s Moongirl and Kyle Bell‘s The Mouse That Soared, which won Best Animation at Comic-Con’s International Film Festival.

Mouse Wins Best Animation At Comic-Con

JULY 25, 2010: Kyle Bell was awarded Best Animation for his work on the short film The Mouse That Soared at the 2010 Comic-Con International Film Festival. It was the eleventh year of the competition.  Other nominees included animation legends Phil Tippett and Bill Plympton.  The judges of the four day festival within Comic-Con were More >

Comic-Con Panel Explores Creative Process

JULY 22, 2010: LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight sat on a panel at Comic-Con called “The Spark of Imagination” on Thursday, July 22. The panel offered a peek inside the minds of leading authors and filmmakers and explored how imagination informs the creative process. Knight talked about LAIKA’s commitment to bold subject matter; New More >

Director Chris Butler Among Tomorrow’s Toon Talent

JUNE 3, 2010: Chris Butler was recognized as one of Variety’s “Top Ten Animators Poised to Become Household Names.”  According to Variety: “Hand-picked by Henry Selick as head of story on Coraline, Butler is set to steer one of his original ideas to the bigscreen at Portland-based (LAIKA) studio… The Surrey Institute of Art and More >

Gary Raksis Appointed CFO

NOVEMBER 10, 2009: PORTLAND (From Marketwire) — LAIKA has appointed Gary Raksis to the post of Chief Financial Officer of the company. The announcement was made today by LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight. Mr. Raksis, former Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Finance at DreamWorks Animation SKG, will be responsible for leading LAIKA’s business More >

Travis Knight Named President And CEO

MARCH 5, 2009: PORTLAND (From Business Wire) — LAIKA has announced that Travis Knight has been named President and CEO of the company. Knight succeeds Dale Wahl, who has held the position since 2005. Knight, who sits on the LAIKA Board and has been Head of Animation since 2007, was one of the lead animators More >

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