Focus Features, Laika Reteam for Three More Animated Pics

The Boxtrolls

Laika and Focus Features, which teamed on “The Boxtrolls,” “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” will continue their partnership on Laika’s next three projects.

Focus will distribute the three movies domestically and Universal Pictures International will release them overseas.

“The Boxtrolls” opened last weekend to a $17.3 million gross in the U.S., the biggest debut for a Laika movie. It has also been released in 16 international territories to date, including the U.K., where it has led the box office for two weeks in a row.

Stop-motion specialist Laika and Focus did not disclose which titles will be covered under the partnership.

The Portland, Ore.-based animation studio announced in 2011 that it had optioned “Wildwood,” a young-adult fantasy novel set in an alternate version of the Oregon city, written by the Decemberists lead singer Colin Meloy and illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis.

In 2012, Laika optioned “Goblins,” an adaptation of a British novelist Philip Reeve’s book with Mark Gustafson (animation director on “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) attached to direct.

Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and Laika President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement Friday about the three-picture deal.

“Focus and Laika are kindred spirits,” said Knight. “Over eight years and three films we’ve forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories. Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They’re the bravest studio in the world.”


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  1. Damien says:

    Boxtrolls looks interesting at least. Coraline was a work of art, and (I’m strictly alone on this) ParaNorman was a work of fart. Seriously, I couldn’t care less for that movie…

  2. Mark says:

    When will they make a cartoon that makes money or that people want to see? Oh…NEVER. They’ve got to get over the unappealing, ugly look of their cartoons and focus on strong characters and strong storytelling. Until then, they’ll continue their string of flops.

    • ariel says:

      hey! you are such a well, yes the cartoons made are quite ugly but for me they are so cute and adorable not the typical you see disney make, but the story of the Boxtrolls are so heartwarming..the love that Fish the character shown in the movie more than showed to us what a love should be a parents can give, even if the the boy is not his, in return we saw how the boy grew up and love and adore the parents he came to know..

      dont be too superfials where you are only after of how beautiful a character or cartoon for that matter, come across to you, more than anything else its the story which is the essence of a film or movie …

  3. Liam Scanlan says:

    According to this copyright record, “Kubo and the Two Strings” appears to be Laika’s next feature:,1&Search%5FArg=Kubo&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=25&PID=6RymVsqfPX0nYvvO3Kc5itIr6hi&SEQ=20141004002956&SID=1
    Hopefully, this will be hand-drawn. After all, Laika CEO Travis Knight DID say that he is interested in making a hand-drawn film.

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