Next Month You Could Own Part Of Laika's Gorgeous Movies

Part of the appeal of Laika's stable of films is their fantastic hand-made aesthetics. They're all stylistically interesting, but the commitment to traditional stop-motion animation is what makes them so great - and also means that next month you could own a little bit of Coraline, Paranorman or Boxtrolls! » 1/09/15 12:28am 1/09/15 12:28am

First Look At LAIKA's Next Movie, Kubo And The Two Strings 

LAIKA's next movie Kubo and the Two Strings is centered around Japanese folktales. Already the creators are promising "mystical origami" and that is something I would very much like to see from a LAIKA production. » 12/22/14 2:23pm 12/22/14 2:23pm

Vintage Memorabilia Celebrates The Soviet Union's Cosmonaut Dogs

The canine members of Soviet Union's space program were stars, symbols of the nation's technological future. And so, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, these pups appeared on matchbook covers, commemorative boxes, ceramics, and more. » 9/25/14 3:30pm 9/25/14 3:30pm

From Coraline To Boxtrolls, How Laika Has Revolutionized Stop-Motion

This week, stop-motion production studio Laika comes out with its third feature, The Boxtrolls. A lot has changed in the world of stop-motion animation since Laika's first feature, Coraline, and in a world filled with CG features, it's amazing what Laika can accomplish. » 9/25/14 3:23pm 9/25/14 3:23pm

How Boxtrolls Created One Of The Richest Worlds Of Any Animated Movie

The Boxtrolls, the latest film from Coraline and ParaNorman studio Laika, opens this week, and your eyes are in for a treat. The world of The Boxtrolls was inspired by everything from Monty Python to Charles Dickens to the Russian ballet, creating a sumptuous visual feast. » 9/24/14 12:13pm 9/24/14 12:13pm

Proof That Boxtrolls Will Be One Of The Year's Most Striking Movies

Laika's next stop-motion venture, The Boxtrolls, is bringing a lush world of crooked buildings, lavish costumes, cheese-fiending villains, and, of course, the Boxtrolls themselves with their elaborate mechanical inventions. We visited the set, and if you have any doubts about the movie's glorious puppets, props, and… » 7/09/14 3:30pm 7/09/14 3:30pm

The Boxtrolls Trailers Just Keep Getting Better And Better

The earlier teasers and trailers for The Boxtrolls, the latest piece of stop-motion magic from the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman, have been light on plot, but these two new trailers solve that—and show off the stop-motion mecha we didn't know we needed. » 6/11/14 11:33am 6/11/14 11:33am

Watch a stellar trailer for the stop-motion film no one's talking about

The Boxtrolls, the newest film from the stop-motion wizards at Laika, hasn't been getting nearly the attention it deserves. It's easy to sit back and appreciate the whimsy of this trailer, but take a closer look at the remarkably detailed world that Laika has created. » 3/05/14 1:45pm 3/05/14 1:45pm

Holy Hell, everything Laika makes is SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL

From ParaNorman to Coraline, each movie from Laika shocks us with overwhelming amounts of talent. And it looks like their next feature, BoxTrolls, is continuing the legacy of being so beautiful, it almost kills you. Look at the tiny cheese mounds. LOOK AT THEM! THEY ARE TINY AND *clutches chest* MY HEART, MY HEART! » 11/26/13 2:23pm 11/26/13 2:23pm

First Trailer for Laika's Next Stop Motion Wonder, The BoxTrolls!

We adored Coraline, and fell in love with the janky world of ParaNorman. Now feast your eyes on the latest wonder from stop-motion powerhouse studio Laika, The BoxTrolls! » 7/02/13 2:57pm 7/02/13 2:57pm

Bittersweet animated short imagines a different end to Laika's journey

As a dog lover, the tale of Laika always fills me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, she represents a great step forward in space exploration. On the other, she was sent into space with no plans for how she might return. In Avgousta Zourelidi short animated film, however, Laika is a dog who ultimately understands… » 12/16/12 10:00am 12/16/12 10:00am

Dog space suits for the earliest canine cosmonauts

Even before Laika set paw in Sputnik 2, Soviet researchers sent dogs into higher altitudes than any canine creature had traveled before. To help keep those dogs safe—and to test the equipment that would allow humans to eventually reach orbit—these scientists created high pressure suits, complete with helmets fitted to… » 11/10/12 9:30am 11/10/12 9:30am

ParaNorman is a perfect date movie for former high school outcasts

ParaNorman, opening today, is one of the most thematically tight movies I've ever seen. Pretty much everything in the movie relates back, one way or another, to the central theme of being a misfit in a judgmental, self-involved world. The story of a boy who can see and hear ghosts, ParaNorman has a huge heart and an… » 8/17/12 9:00am 8/17/12 9:00am

An adorable tribute to the Soviet Union's canine cosmonauts

Laika might get the lion dog's share of the historical glory, but the Soviet Union sent dozens of intrepid canine explorers on orbital and suborbital missions. This poster by Jess Bradley honors those early cosmonauts as adorable, waggly dogs. » 7/21/12 4:00pm 7/21/12 4:00pm

Stop-motion zombie flick ParaNorman combines John Hughes and John…

Coraline animators Laika are returning to the world of stop-motion horror with ParaNorman, a film that blends cartoon zombies with '80s-style coming of age comedy. The creators and actors held a panel today at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the movie's influences, and why this movie will look like no other… » 7/13/12 12:34pm 7/13/12 12:34pm

Laika's ParaNorman video reveals how to make a boy who sees ghosts from…

Laika, makers of Coraline and the upcoming ParaNorman, gives us a peek inside their stop-motion animation process with this fun little "making-of" featurette. Here, we get to see how one of those stop-motion figurines is made, starting from the jointed skeleton, through the molded body and the sewn-on clothes. » 7/01/12 9:30am 7/01/12 9:30am

10 Intrepid Animal Astronauts

Looking back on all of humanity's successes in space, it can be easy to forget that many of our accomplishments have been built on the sacrifices of other creatures. Here are ten animals who played an indispensable role in paving the inter-planetary way to space. » 12/12/11 10:48am 12/12/11 10:48am

Gorgeous stop-motion zombie flick ParaNorman looks like The Goonies

Check out the latest trailer for ParaNorman, a new stop-motion film from the brilliant minds at Laika (the folks behind Coraline). We kind of love the idea of a little kid who can see dead people whose mental psyche hasn't been horrible scarred. » 12/12/11 10:05am 12/12/11 10:05am

Gorgeously gruesome trailer for ParaNorman unleashes a horde of…

We're exceptionally giddy over the release of the trailer for ParaNorman. It's from the makers of Coraline, which elevated the children's genre with stunning art and solid, real scares. ParaNorman is all about a special boy with the ability to talk to the dead. Check out the first ever trailer, and get into the… » 10/28/11 12:38pm 10/28/11 12:38pm

An alternate history where Laika the cosmonaut dog comes home

Back in 2007, Nick Abadzis wrote a graphic novel called Laika, about the eponymous Soviet dog who went bravely into space, proved that living creatures could survive there, and never came home. He says that the story was so sad that over the years, people have written to him over and over asking for another ending to… » 7/11/11 6:30am 7/11/11 6:30am