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Can Laika Survive Without Travis Knight?

With the news that founder and animator/director Travis Knight will be taking the reigns for the next installment of the Transformers franchise, one can’t help but speculate about the future of Laika and whether it will continue to exist. Kubo and The Two Strings failed to win an Oscar, but it did receive plenty of […]

New “Kubo” Featurette Details The Film’s Five Year Journey To The Screen

I’m a fan of all five of the films up for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards. There’s no question that Kubo and The Two Strings pushed the medium of stop motion to new levels. This new featurette details the film’s five-year journey to the big screen. “Kubo,” which was an underdog Best […]

There’s One Award that Kubo Does Deserve to Win

Not withstanding Variety’s opinion that Kubo and the Two Strings is the film that justifies giving an Oscar to Laika, there’s another award that the film is nominated for that would produce a large boost for the studio in a unique way. Very very few animated films earn a nomination for the Costume Designers Guild […]

COMMENTARY: Children or Adults? Can “Kubo” Find It’s Audience?

From Pinocchio and Fantasia to The Iron Giant, the history of animation is littered with good, sometimes great, films that failed to reach the audiences they deserved on their initial release. Sadly, Kubo and the Two Strings seems to be the latest addition to that list. Its hard to say why the film hasn’t done […]

Interview with Travis Knight on Directing “Kubo”

Travis Knight is the President and CEO of Laika, the stop-motion animation studio behind Oscar-nominated hits Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. Their latest feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, opening this weekend, marks Knight’s directorial debut. He told me about some of the decade-long efforts of the studio, bringing Kubo to life, and a “mind-blowing” […]

Charles Solomon Reviews: “Kubo And The Two Strings”

Travis Knight’s Japanese-influenced Kubo and the Two Strings ranks as the best film the artists at the Portland-based Laika Studio have made, with a strong story, assured direction and strikingly original designs. One-eyed Kubo (voiced by a very appealing Art Parkinson) is a street performer in a seaside village, supporting himself and his widowed mother […]

Laika Offers a Rare Look at its Wondrous Wares

Today through next Sunday, August 14th, you can get a rare look at the actual stop-motion character figures, infinitely detailed sets and technical apparatus that have helped make Laika the Oscar-winning studio it is today. Following that odd, frequent theme park tradition of lengthy titles that the public shortens themselves anyway, Universal Studios Hollywood is […]

Two New Behind The Scenes Featurettes From “Kubo And The Two Strings”

Two – count ’em two – new mini-docs have been made available from Laika Studios that only whet your appetite for their latest, Kubo and The Two Strings. Discover the myth of Kubo by watching this new featurette, dropping today, which includes commentary from director Travis Knight, actors Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey and incredible […]

“From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience” Debuts at Universal Studios

LAIKA, the acclaimed animation studio and creators of the upcoming epic adventure film, Kubo and the Two Strings, which Focus Features releases in U.S. theaters on August 19th, will present “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience.” This innovative, first-ever interactive event will feature an up-close look at the artistic detail and imagination behind […]

TRAILER: Laika’s “Kubo And The Two Strings”

Laika Studios’ Kubo and the Two Strings is a strong and remarkable stop motion epic, and shaping up to be one of the major contenders in the animation contest of 2016. The film is directed by Travis Knight and will be released via Focus Featuers on August 19th. Today the studio dropped the latest trailer […]