Living With The Dead

In ParaNorman, Laika follows up Coraline with more supernatural angst. Only this time, it’s fun.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Norman Babcock sees dead people. As the title portmanteau of ParaNorman—the second feature from Portland animation house Laika...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Murmurs: Self-Financing Fritz, PacifiCorp Fines and a Laika Lawsuit

News to whisper in Michele Bachmann’s ear.

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz won her council seat in 2008 with public financing, part of the short-lived experiment in Portland that voters killed last year. Facing re-election in 2012, Fritz    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Feast Your Decaying Eyes on the Trailer for Laika's ParaNorman


Movies & Television
Phil Knight's animation factory Laika is getting started extra early on promoting its second feature, ParaNorman. The follow-up to Coraline doesn't have the Neil Gaiman name recognition factor built in; it's an original concept about a little boy who's a "ghoul whisperer." So 11 months before the movie's August 2012 premiere, the Portland studio has launched its first ParaNorman teaser trailer just ...   More
Friday, October 28, 2011 by Aaron Mesh

Can You Guess Who Animated the New Mr. Peanut? It Was LAIKA

Movies & Television
Buried deep within this New York Times story about Robert Downey Jr. providing the first-ever voice for Planters mascot Mr. Peanut, here's a local nugget: Portland studio LAIKA animated and helped design the character and his advertisements. To be precise, the puppet animation was done by LAIKA/house, the advertising wing of Phil and Travis Knight's cartoon empire. The company makes about 30 commercial ...   More
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 AARON MESH

LAIKA To Lay Off 52 Workers

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Friday, September 18, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

RETAIL THERAPIST: Coraline, the Fashion Show

I'm sitting in the front row of a fashion show at the Benson Hotel, and I've never been more uncomfortable. The show begins with a light and shadow display using canvas sheets, and a woman emerges in a Ace-bandage-like bondage gear suit. Six or so five-foot metal poles are connected to various points on the bandage suit, and they drag behind her like a strange, industrial-strength dress train. ...   More
Monday, July 19, 2010 Sarah Davidson


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