The Boxtrolls Wins Two Annie Awards

FEBRUARY 1, 2015:  The Boxtrolls won top honors in two categories at the 42nd annual Annie Awards ceremony honoring the best in animation production.  Ben Kingsley picked up an Annie Award for Voice Acting In A Feature Production and Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure and August Hall were honored with the Annie for Feature Production Design.  More >

LAIKA Announces Fourth Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings

DECEMBER 22, 2014: LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the Oscar-nominated films Coraline and ParaNorman and recently released feature The Boxtrolls, today announced production on their fourth collaboration: Kubo and the Two Strings. LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight and Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today. Knight, an Annie Award-winning animator, More >

LAIKA And Focus Features Sign New Distribution Deal

OCTOBER 3, 2014: LAIKA and Focus Features, will continue their partnership on LAIKA’s next three projects.  Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today.  As with the three movies that the companies have partnered on previously, Focus will distribute the next three movies domestically, and Universal Pictures International More >

SIGGRAPH Production Session Highlights Collaboration

AUGUST 13, 2014: Georgina Hayns, Brian McLean and Steve Emerson discussed their inter-departmental relationships on The Boxtrolls during a production session at SIGGRAPH on August 13 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The group also addressed the challenges, solutions — and learnings that led to the success of the studio’s first two features Coraline and ParaNorman.  For More >

The Boxtrolls Take Over Comic-Con

JULY 25, 2014: The Boxtrolls turned heads all weekend long at Comic-Con in San Diego. In addition to the Hall H Panel on July 26 — featuring Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Travis Knight, Tony Stacchi and Graham Annable — certified bug chef David George Gordon grilled up real bugs and encouraged folks to More >

LAIKA Spins Off Advertising Division To Concentrate On Features

MAY 20, 2014:  LAIKA is spinning off its advertising/commercial division LAIKA/house to concentrate exclusively on the feature film arena.  LAIKA/house President Lourri Hammack, Creative Director Kirk Kelley and Managing Director of Strategic Operations Al Cubillas will lead a new studio specializing in short to mid-form animated content for advertising and broadcast markets. LAIKA plans to More >

Graham Annable Delivers Keynote Address At TIFF-Kids

APRIL 15, 2014: Director Graham Annable discussed character development, story development — as well as the creative process at LAIKA during a keynote address at TIFF-Kids in Toronto.  Following the talk, Mark Shapiro presented a behind-the-scenes look at the studio.  The full-day conference at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Kids featured panel discussions and breakout sessions More >

Panel Appearance, Presentation Highlight CTN Expo

NOVEMBER 16, 2013: Animation Supervisor Brad Schiff and Character Designer Heidi Smith took center stage at the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Animation Expo this weekend in Burbank where the LAIKA team also reviewed professional and student portfolios.  Schiff joined a panel titled: “(E)merging Worlds: Challenges in Live Action Video Games and Feature Animation.” Patrick Hannenberger moderated More >

ParaNorman Nominated For A BAFTA

OCTOBER 22, 2013: ParaNorman was nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award in the Best Feature Film category.  Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the yearly children’s awards honor the finest in children’s media. Travis Knight, Chris Butler, Sam Fell and Arianne Sutner were named in the nomination.  The ceremony was held in More >

Georgina Hayns, Brian McLean Appear At SPARK Animation Festival

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013:  Georgina Hayns and Brian McLean  addressed their departments’ unique and critical interdependence at SPARK Animation ’13 at the Vancity Theatre on September 14.  SPARK is an animation film festival and conference that “brings the most talented artists, inventors, directors and studio executives from around the world to Vancouver to share their experience and More >

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