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 Coraline, ParaNorman 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.