Vinton Studios, Phil Knight’s Portland, Ore.-based independent animation studio, is changing its name to Laika Entertainment.Shift comes as Laika moves into production on its first CG-animated feature, “Coraline,” to be directed by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” helmer Henry Selick and produced by former Fox topper Bill Mechanic.
Company will soon put Selick’s first short with Laika, “Moongirl,” on the fest circuit.
Vinton’s ad division will become part of Laika in the fall.
“We are very proud of the talented people who made Vinton Studios a leader in the entertainment industry for the past 30 years,” said former Nike topper Knight, who bought Vinton in 2003. “Laika will honor that rich legacy by moving forward with confidence and the determination to produce the very best family-oriented animated films in the world.”