Back in May, Portland animation studio LAIKA announced it was spinning off its advertising division LAIKA/House to focus on feature films.
The new independent entity, branded House Special and lead by president Lourri Hammack, CD Kirk Kelley and MD of strategic operations Al Cubillas, are off to a promising start completing the end credits of LAIKA’s Boxtrolls and this acerbic in-house CG short called “A Tale of Momentum & Inertia.” [Read more]
Take a peek at Laika’s very promising follow-up to “ParaNorman,” a CG/stop-motion hybrid effort called “The Boxtrolls” based on Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters and directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.
Here’s the official story synopsis: “The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.” [Read more]
Artist: Mark GustafsonStudio: LAIKA/house Info from LAIKA/house: “These images are production and character designs for a stop motion-based campaign featuring Millennials hanging out in their favorite bar. Of course, these Millennials just happened to be exotic animals of the Serengeti… The bar itself was based on an African safari camp mashed up with a hint […] [Read more]