Sunday, January 21, 2018

Laika Animating Life - Portland Art Museum

When I was in middle school I fell in love with Neil Gaiman’s story about a cool girl with blue hair who lived in a pink house and refused to sew buttons into her eyes. Years later, right before graduating high school I was able to see one of my favorite stories come to life thanks to the highly imaginative minds at Laika Studios.

Despite the numerous Oscar-nominated films since, with their most recent blockbuster, Kubo and Two Strings, people still don't seem to recognize Laika Studios and it's humble origins in Hillsboro, OR. That's why I was thrilled when they decided to pull back the curtain and introduce their nearly eight-month-long "Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA" exhibit at the Portland Art Museum.


Until May 20th you can dive into a world of other mothers, a teenager who can speak to the dead and some very lovable creatures from Cheesebridge and get a sense of the visionary artistry and technology of this globally renowned animation studio.

From Coraline's hand-stitched star sweater (yes, professional mini-sweater making is a legit profession) to the largest stop-motion puppet ever made, take the time to appreciate that every detail and character concept that went from being ideas on a drawing board to tracking each and every movement on the big screen. Whether you're a long time fan or a curious novice, you'll definitely walk away with a newfound appreciation of this animation world.

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