From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood

Back by Popular Demand, “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood for a Limited Holiday Engagement 

Special Interactive Experience to Takes Place from December 21, 2016 to January 15, 2017

By Westside Mommy contributor Ronni Garcia

The Magic of Laika is back at Universal Studios Hollywood and I highly recommend you check it out. The interactive experience showcases all the works Laika has done over the past decade: Coraline, ParaNorman, Boxtrolls, and the newest edition, Kubo and the Two Strings. Although I haven’t seen ParaNorman or Kubo (embarrassing, I know), after seeing the models from the production, I plan to watch them during the holiday break.

All the models on display from the movies were breathtaking. The best part of the exhibit: nothing was encased in glass! Only centimeters away from the “Evil Other Mother” from Coraline, my inner child really wanted to touch the displays, but I resisted. Most of the time, my sister and I played a guessing game of what materials were used to create the models.

Of course, in each section of the exhibit were workers with fun and, quite frankly, awesome information about the film in which you were walking through. My biggest regret was not asking them more questions about the productions! I learned that Boxtrolls was one of the longest productions for Laika to complete. It took ten years to create, five of which were post-production. Also, Kubo pushed the envelope in the 3D printing for artists.

If you love technology or craftsman skill, you’ll really appreciate the artistry. If you’re a fan of the movies, you’ll be happy to see your favorite characters in person. And if you’re like me, who hasn’t seen a some of the movies, you’ll be angry with yourself for not doing so already. Basically, if you have the chance, The Magic of Laika exhibit in Universal Studios Hollywood at the Globe Theater during it’s limited engagement!

This special event takes place within the theme park’s Globe Theatre and is included in the price of admission.

From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience

The innovative, interactive Experience offers an up-close look at the artistry and imagination behind LAIKA’s groundbreaking 10-year filmmaking history, which includes the Academy Award-nominated films Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014), as well as this year’s acclaimed Kubo and the Two Strings. 

“From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience” showcases the evolution of LAIKA’s unique blend of handcrafted stop-motion animation and visual effects magic that will once again come to life in four imaginatively themed rooms. The extensive display of original sets, puppets and props will immerse guests in their singular, fantastical worlds.

The exhibition previously debuted this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood and was met with tremendous success, enjoyed by thousands of guests.


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