The announcement of Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA earlier this week drew praise from the press, and excitement from Museum members, LAIKA fans, and animation enthusiasts. The exhibition is a groundbreaking view behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the globally renowned animation studio.
“Computer animation has upended Hollywood, but a group of independent filmmakers in Oregon still make their movies by hand.” –The Oregonian
“Featuring photography, video clips and physical artwork from Laika’s four Oscar-nominated feature films — Coraline, ParaNorman, Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings — the exhibit promises to immerse visitors in Laika’s creative process by exploring the company’s production design, sets, props, puppets, and costumes.” –Portland Business Journal
“It was probably in 2009 that we did a small installation of figures from the Coraline movie and over the years we’ve been talking about how to pull this together for a longer exhibition,” Ferriso tells WW.” –The Willamette Week
“It’s been another good year for Laika, what with more Academy Awards nominations. Now people can learn more about the Hillsboro animation studio in an upcoming documentary and museum exhibit.” –Portland Tribune
“LAIKA Teams with Portland Art Museum for Major Retrospective.” –Animation World Network
The exhibition also coincides with LAIKA’s 10 year anniversary.