TFNW adds Ron Wyden, LAIKA to the Program

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TechFestNW, the now three year-old celebration of the digital start-up scene in Portland, added two interesting and diverse elements to its program this week.  The first is Senator Ron Wyden, who, addition to being the senior Senator of this state, has been called the Paul Revere of the digital age, for his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  This clip, which will most certainly be ...   More
 
Thursday, June 19, 2014 by

Laika Studios Sheds Last Remnant of Will Vinton Studios

The Laika/House advertising branch, including Vinton's M&Ms, will be spun off from the company.

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Movies & Television
Laika film studios announced today that it would spin off its advertising division, Laika/house, and concentrate entirely on its feature film business. The advertising division will continue to operate as Laika/house over the summer, when it will become a separate company.This also means that the film studio would sever itself from the last remaining legacies of animator Will Vinton and his studios—including the animated ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Living With The Dead

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


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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.


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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

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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


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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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