The interactive exhibit, included in the Hollywood theme park’s admission, was a popular attraction at Universal during its initial run in August at the Globe Theatre, and is back by popular demand. It will open on Dec. 21 and will run until Jan. 15.
The “Laika Experience” showcases the unique creative process the Oregon-based studio used in the making of all its stop-motion films: 2009’s “Coraline,” 2012’s “ParaNorman,” 2014’s “The Boxtrolls,” and this year’s “Kubo and the Two Strings.” It features themed rooms with displays of original sets, puppets, and props.
“Kubo,” Focus Features and Laika’s latest stop-motion movie, has been nominated for 10 Annie Awards, including best animated feature, and is among the 27 films on the Oscar animated feature shortlist. It was recently named best animated feature of 2016 by the National Board of Review.
“We’re thrilled to be able to return to Universal Studios Hollywood after our successful summer debut of the ‘Laika Experience,’” says Laika’s President and CEO Travis Knight, who made his directorial debut with “Kubo.” “There’s nothing like experiencing the Laika wonderland up close and personal. We’ve likened it to Santa’s Workshop with a much weirder bunch of elves. Not everyone can come to our studio just outside Portland, so we’re once again taking that experience to our fans so they can become immersed in our creative process and witness how the artists bring the films to life.”