MAY 4, 2011: Focus Features and LAIKA, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline are re-teaming for LAIKA’s next two projects. The first of the duo, ParaNorman, will be released nationwide on August 17th, 2012. The second, yet-to-be-named, picture will be released nationwide in 2014. Following the groundbreaking Coraline, ParaNorman is only More >
APRIL 20, 2011: In a New York Times Magazine blog, writer and aspiring knitter Hilary Greenbaum uncovers the artist behind the creation of Coraline’s sweater, Althea Crome. During the production of Coraline, Althea was “discovered” by Georgina Hayns, LAIKA’s supervisor of Puppet Fabrication. To read the full entry — and to watch the video about More >
APRIL 12, 2011: (From PRNewswire) - EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that LAIKA has deployed more than a petabyte of EMC Isilon® scale-out NAS as the primary storage platform for its end-to-end animation and computer graphics (CG) workflow, simplifying big data management to increase artist collaboration and More >
MARCH 18, 2011: LAIKA sponsored Animate It! a stop-motion workshop at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre. Approximately 30 kids, ages 7-11, took part in the day of animation education that featured a team of local animators and student volunteers as they presented an affordable stop motion workshop in partnership with Film Action Oregon. Proceeds funded scholarships and More >
MARCH 10, 2011: Three commercial spots animated by LAIKA/house were nominated for competition at the 2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival in the Advertising category. The spots are: Frito Lay Dips And Then There Was Salsa; The Surfrider Foundation Rise Above Plastics; and Planters Holiday Party. Academy Award® winner Joan Gratz‘s new short film, Kubla More >
FEBRUARY 25, 2011: Director Mike Cachuela stopped by his Alma mater, CalArts, and gave a two hour presentation to students, discussing his career path as well as his approach to animation, film-making and acting, showing examples of his animated and live action films, from his collegiate portfolio to his professional career. A student in Character Animation More >
MARCH 8-APRIL 22, 2011: Artwork and sets from Coraline to Frito Lay Dips were on display at a Clackamas Community College exhibit called: “Process: The Hidden Art of Animation.” The exhibit ran from March 8-April 22 at the Alexander Gallery in the Niemeyer Center. Coraline puppets — including Coraline, Real Mother, Real Father and several More >
FEBRUARY 16, 2011: Joan Gratz, an accomplished director, artist and animator, recently premiered her new short film, Kubla Kahn. The short is an animated interpretation of a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797. His “vision in a dream” was composed under the influence of opium. Joan won an Oscar® in 1992 for Mona More >
FEBRUARY 10-26, 2011: LAIKA served as a Champion Sponsor of the 2011 Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), directly supporting PIFF’s Short Cuts series: six programs featuring 42 memorable snapshots—animated, live action, documentary, experimental and narrative works.
DECEMBER 6, 2010: The CG spot for Frito Lay Dips, And Then There Was Salsa, was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Television Commercial. This is LAIKA/house’s first nomination for a 100-percent CG spot. Director: Nicholas Weigel.