Stop-motion animation wizards blend the physical and digital worlds

LaikaIn a time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the demand for entertainment hasn’t gone away—it’s exploded. People all over the world, with more time on their hands, are seeking out fresh stories, new genres, and more compelling experiences.

In this environment, the award-winning animation studio LAIKA stands out with its captivating productions and unique handcrafted aesthetic. The company is adopting advanced technologies that blend the physical and digital worlds to better coordinate productions that involve hundreds of artists, thousands of shots, and complex schedules across multiple years.

Most animation studios today rely completely on digital visual effects, using software all the way from preproduction through designing, rigging, and animating characters. But far from Hollywood, the Portland, Oregon-based studio LAIKA is synonymous with the handmade, artisanal charm of stop-motion animation. The company is known for its Academy Award-nominated films Missing Link, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline.

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