REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

 

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

From the Universal Studios Website:†An in-depth interactive exhibition that explores the extraordinary artistry and imagination of one of the worldís most acclaimed animation studios. Visit the Globe Theater inside Universal Studios Hollywood. Exhibit dates and times subject to change.

Where does one even begin? In a mere one and a half hours, we walked through a winding & colorful exhibit featuring ten years of Laikaís legacy featuring sets and puppets from their hit films, Coraline, Boxtrolls, Paranorman and their upcoming film, Kubo & the Two Strings.

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

The exhibit takes place on the grounds of Universal Studios Hollywood at the Globe Theatre. Upon entering the lobby, attendees are greeted by a speaker who gives a quick run-down on the history of Laika. My favorite fact was that 3-D printing was employed during Kubo & The Two Strings in order to create the thousands of faces needed to get their puppets to emote.†

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

CORALINE

After the brief talk, we entered through a door reminiscent of the one Coraline crawls through to enter the Other World. Instantly we were at the entrance to the Coraline exhibit. We walked through a beautifully lit archway where each puppet was on display. Beldam in particular was an incredible one.

Just past the puppets we were greeted by a gigantic set of Coralineís house. It stood approximately at around 4 cubic feet. But despite its tiny size, this Victorian style home was extremely detailed. Instantly you became aware of Laikaís prowess at building realistic and intricately detailed miniatures.

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

PARANORMAN

After rounding one corner, we found ourselves in Normanís bedroom from Paranorman. Inside, we saw a display of his family inside a miniature van, a set from Normanís school with his classmates, the home, as well as the cast of puppets beautifully displayed in a nearby bookshelf.†

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

BOXTROLLS

Next up was the Boxtrolls section. This room had my favorite set-up as you suddenly found yourself inside a cardboard box pile and you were instantly immersed in their world. Nestled within the box walls, you would find the characters displayed throughout the room. At one end, the impressive Mecha Drill stood on display and on the other, a scenery with characters Shoe, Fish and Oil Can.†

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Last but not least, and the grand finale of the exhibit was the multiple rooms for Kubo and the Two Strings. This area was the most detailed with multiple characters, sets and creatures on display. My favorite was an array of 3-D printed faces featuring tons of facial expressions. Iím excited to see the range of emotion this film will have on their puppets!

The film appears to draw great inspiration from Japanese folklore and culture. Itís apparent from the regal Moon King and Beast to the grand origami leaf-covered boat. After seeing the creativity and handwork put into Kubo, itís without a doubt going to be a visual feast when the film comes out August 19th 2016.

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

Throughout the exhibit, there were videos displayed on TVís that took us further behind the scenes showing interviews of set designers, animators, and directors who explained the construction, engineering, and the importance of using physics that had to be understood in the making of the film.

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

Laika†is a stop-motion animation studio based out of Oregon in the United States. This show celebrateís Laikaís 10th anniversary, but for the amount of work and the level of quality they have achieved is nothing short of amazing.††The exhibit at Universal Studios Hollywood will be open for a limited time. To check out the dates of this show, visit†universalstudioshollywood.com.

REVIEW: From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience Exhibit

By: Geek Girl Leen Isabel

Cross posted from: darkproductions.org

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August 28 2016



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