LAIKA

Hello, today I’m here to talk about my visit to the Portland Art Museum’s Laika exhibit. Laika, as you may know, is responsible for many groundbreaking films such as Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). These films are all Stop-Motion. Stop-Motion, simply put, is created by setting a character in a scene, taking a photo of that scene, moving that character just a tiny bit, taking a photo of that scene and repeating until you have over nine-billion photos. But how do you create this character and this scene? Well, some people might use action figures or Legos, but Laika makes their movies with paper and a 3D printer. Many elements are also made with other craft materials such as cardboard. Upon entering the exhibit you are immediately greeted with a 16-foot leering skeleton featured in the movie Kubo and the Two Strings. You also are greeted by some of your heros from the movie, such as Kubo, Hanzo and Beetle. You also get to see Normans house and backyard from the 2012 hit ParaNorman. As well as Coraline’s dream garden from Coraline:

On top of all the other models you can see, there is also a documentary featuring how these movies were made. Now, finally, you can visit the gift shop and buy these movies yourself. Also, remember those nine-billion photos you took? What?! You only took 50?! Oh well, anyways, put them all together in a video and play it. You’ll be surprised.

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