Universal Studios creates 3-D experience for ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ in LA

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Image courtesy of Focus Features

LAIKA Animation Studio, the creators of the upcoming adventure film, Kubo and the Two Strings, created an interactive event to help visualize the imagination and detail that goes into creating a film of this caliber. Held at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Globe Theatre “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience” was on display and LAIKA allowed guests to see firsthand the costume process, the actual set and props, and how a character is created. Guests walked through a maze, entering themed rooms, each with life-sized characters and sets that helped the animation editors bring the handcrafted objects to life. LAIKA has created other epic features such as CoralineParaNorman and The Boxtrolls and brought 3-D to life in this magical experience.

Attendees included LAIKA voice actor Steve Blum (The Boxtrolls); LAIKA president and CEO and director-producer of Kubo and the Two Strings Travis Knight; LAIKA head of production and Kubo and the Two Strings producer Arianne Sutner; LAIKA costume designer Deborah Cook; LAIKA puppet fabrication supervisor Georgina Hayns; LAIKA supervisor of rapid prototype Brian McLean; LAIKA production designer Nelson Lowry; LAIKA animation rigging supervisor Ollie Jones; LAIKA head of animation Brad Schiff; LAIKA visual effects supervisor Steve Emerson; Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski; four-time Prime-time Emmy Award nominee Mayim Bialik; “Empire’s” Tasha Smith; The Night Shift’s Robert Bailey Jr.; Sofia The First’s Merit Leighton; “Fresh Off the Boat’s” Marlowe Peyton; Murder in the First’s Kathleen Robertson; The Amazing World of Gumball’s Jacob Hopkins; and About a Boy’s Benjamin Stockham.

Kubo and the Two Strings hits theaters Friday, Aug. 19.

Check out photos from the live experience below.

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