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LAIKA LIVE IN SAN DIEGO DRAWS ENORMOUS CROWDS, SCORES RECORD MERCHANDISE SALES AND ENTHUSIASTIC COSPLAY   

Oscar®-winning animation studio, creators of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and the upcoming Missing Link, scores big with second annual installation    

Neil Gaiman, Henry Selick, Teri Hatcher Among Special Guests Joining LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight for Memorable Fan Activations

[Hillsboro, OR; July 27, 2018] – Coraline, Norman, Eggs, Fish and Sparky, Kubo, Monkey and Mr. Link are all headed back to the Oscar-winning studio just outside Portland, Oregon but for the fans who lined up for up to four hours to get an inside look at the artistry and magic of their favorite animation studio, special moments from LAIKA LIVE still resonate with excitement.   

LAIKA officially launched the 10th anniversary celebration of Coraline in San Diego. Teri Hatcher, whose voicing of Mother/Other Mother in the film drew universal praise, greeted fans and posed for photos with the first ever Coraline and Other Mother walkaround characters then shot an entire day of activities for an upcoming webisode of her YouTube series Van Therapy

Neil Gaiman, author of the Coraline novella, joined LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight on Saturday, July 21st for signings and a Facebook Live event hosted by Nerdist. Henry Selick, who wrote and directed LAIKA’s 2009 film version, greeted fans and signed Coraline merchandise.

LAIKA LIVE, located at 350 Fifth Avenue, featured an up-close look at the artistic detail and imagination behind LAIKA’s groundbreaking films, all of which have been nominated for Academy Awards® and numerous other honors. The exhibit showcased the evolution of the studio’s unique blend of handcrafted stop-motion animation and visual effects magic and included:

  • a chance to meet the walkaround character of Mr. Link, the star of LAIKA’s newest film, Missing Link, set for release domestically on April 19, 2019 by Annapurna.
  • the iconic Pink Palace from Coraline
  • a stop-motion animation work station
  • a recreation of LAIKA’s “puppet hospital,” where manhandled puppets go for tender loving care over the course of a long production shoot sets from Kubo and The Boxtrolls
  • a wall of Puppet Faces illustrating LAIKA’s Oscar®-winning innovations in 3D printing
  • LAIKA’s on site merchandise store, which broke sales records   

“In its second year, LAIKA LIVE was a profound success for us,” said Brad Wald, LAIKA’s CFO and SVP, Business Operations.“When people wait in line for hours and are genuinely delighted to see our costume characters, to experience our actual puppets and sets, and to meet LAIKA artists, we know that the connection with our fans is strong and growing and for that we are most grateful. Coming on the heels of our Portland Art Museum retrospective greatly exceeding expectations, the success of LAIKA LIVE re-confirms our commitment to bring the experience of LAIKA to our fans wherever they may be.”   

“Last week at #LaikaLive I had the amazing opportunity to see how @LAIKAStudios builds worlds. The detail is stunning!”

 “The @LAIKAStudios Live event at #SDCC was one of my favorite events this year! I learned and saw how they create beautiful scenes from their films. 

 “Such a great time taking the puppet tour at #LaikaLive to see how they go about making films like #Coraline and #ParaNorman happen! Thanks for a great weekend #SDCC2018”

 “Had SO MUCH fun at @LAIKAStudios’ #LAIKAlive exhibition this morning.”

“I’m so jeally!!! I wish they’d have a traveling exhibit or something.”

“I know it’s been a few days, but still raving about @LAIKAStudios tour at #SDCC. So appreciate that actual filmmakers and LAIKA employees took the time to personally guide tours & explain process so thoroughly. Bc WOW, what they do is a true craft!”

“We had an awesome time geeking out at #LaikaLive! Definitely the best offsite of #SDCC18 Thanks @LAIKAStudios!”

“We really wanted to see @LAIKAStudios Live! 😪 next time.”

“OMG, OMG, OMG, I so wish I could be there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

ABOUT LAIKA: Fueled by the vision of its President & CEO Travis Knight, the animation studio LAIKA was founded in 2005. Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar® plaque in 2016 for its innovation in 3D printing. All of LAIKA’s four films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) were nominated for the Academy Award® for Outstanding Animated Feature. Kubo and the Two Strings also won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and received an additional Oscar® nomination for Visual Effects. LAIKA’s next film, Missing Link, will be released April 19, 2019 by Annapurna Pictures with foreign sales being handled by AGC International, the sales arm of AGC Studios. The film boasts a roster of international stars including Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis.  www.laika.com @LAIKAstudios  

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