LOS ANGELES, CA â€“ LAIKA, the acclaimed animation studio and creators of the upcoming epic adventure film,Â Kubo and the Two Strings, which Focus Features releases in U.S. theaters on August 19, will present â€œFrom Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience.â€
This innovative, first-ever interactive event will feature an up-close look at the artistic detail and imagination behind LAIKAâ€™s groundbreaking ten-year filmmaking history, which also includes the Academy Award-nominated filmsÂ CoralineÂ (2009),Â ParaNorman(2012) andÂ The BoxtrollsÂ (2014).
The special event will take place at Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s Globe Theatre from August 5-14 and is included in the price of admission to the theme park.
â€œFrom Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,â€ will showcase the evolution of LAIKAâ€™s unique blend of handcrafted stop-motion animation and visual effects magic that will come to life in four imaginatively themed rooms. The extensive display of original sets, puppets and props will immerse guests in their singular, fantastical worlds.
â€œLAIKAâ€™s films are an imaginative fusion of old-school movie magic and cutting-edge technological innovation,â€ says Travis Knight, LAIKAâ€™s President & CEO who makes his directorial debut withÂ Kubo and the Two Strings. â€œFor the first time ever, weâ€™re peeling back the curtain and inviting audiences into our worlds, to see where our dreams are born. This experience offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable creative process of the brilliant artists and mad geniuses of LAIKA. Iâ€™m thrilled that their cinematic wizardry will be beautifully on display at Universal Studios Hollywood.â€
Set in a fantastical Japan,Â Kubo and the Two StringsÂ follows the journey of clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson), a young boy whose relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (voiced by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) andÂ Beetle (voiced by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) and sets out on a thrilling quest to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny. The voice cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, and Rooney Mara.
Universal Studios Hollywood is a world-class theme park destination providing guests with a full day experience enjoying todayâ€™s most compelling rides and attractions, and behind-the-scenes Studio Tour.Â From the recently opened â€œThe Wizarding World of Harry Potterâ„¢,â€ â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ permanent daytime attraction, and â€œDespicable Me Minion Mayhem,â€ Universal Studios Hollywood creates immersive worlds based on popular movies and television shows.Â For California residents, Universal Studiosâ€™ must-haveÂ Season PassÂ offers guests a chance to visit multiple times throughout the year, along with exclusive discount savings, special benefits and previews, such as the â€œFrom Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experienceâ€ limited-time experience.
Fueled by the vision of President & CEO Travis Knight, feature film animation studioÂ LAIKAÂ celebrated its 10th anniversary in December, 2015.Â Located just outside Portland, Oregon, LAIKA was awarded a Science and Technology Oscar plaque in recognition of its innovation in 3D printing in 2016.Â Its three films,Â CoralineÂ (2009),Â ParaNormanÂ (2012), andÂ The BoxtrollsÂ (2014) were all nominated for OscarsÂ® and PGA Awards as Outstanding Animated Film.Â CoralineÂ earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Criticsâ€™ Choice nominations, and was named one of the yearâ€™s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI).Â ParaNormanÂ (2012) garnered BAFTA, Criticsâ€™ Choice, and GLAAD Media Award nomination and won two Annie Awards (the animation communityâ€™s Oscars equivalent) and was cited as the yearâ€™s best animated film by 14 criticsâ€™ groups.Â The BoxtrollsÂ also earned Criticsâ€™ Choice and Golden Globe Award nominations and 13 Annie Award nominations, more than any other film that year.Â Kubo and the Two Strings, which marks the directorial debut of Travis Knight, will be released by Focus Features on August 19th, 2016.
Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. In addition toÂ Kubo and the Two Strings, upcoming domestic releases from Focus includeÂ Tom Fordâ€™s romantic thrillerÂ Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal;Â the real-life story of heroismÂ The Zookeeperâ€™s Wife, directed by Niki Caro and starring Jessica Chastain; the action spy thrillerÂ TheÂ Coldest City, directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy;Â Colin Trevorrowâ€™sÂ The Book of Henry, starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, and Jacob Tremblay;Â Â J.A. Bayonaâ€™s visually spectacular dramaÂ A Monster Calls, starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson; and Jeff Nicholsâ€™Â Loving, based on the love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, which world-premiered at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival.
Â Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the worldâ€™s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.