In collaboration with LAIKA, the studio behind movies like “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle features a new exhibit where visitors will be immersed in the worlds of some of their favorite LAIKA films. The exhibition, Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA, will open March 17.
Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA, the newest exhibition at Seattle‘s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), will showcase the spooky creativity, artistry and a behind-the-scenes look into the studio’s process with filming stop-motion animation. The exhibit is the largest LAIKA has ever mounted, spanning 7,500 square feet and featuring six worlds from LAIKA’s films, including specialty lighting, original exhibition films, immersive set elements and film artifacts. Featured films include “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” “The Boxtrolls,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Missing Link” and “Wildwood.”
“LAIKA tells original, enduring stories with meaningful themes and a commitment to filmmaking innovation,” says Jacob McMurray, MoPOP’s director of Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits, in a press release. “We can’t wait to give our guests a peek behind the curtain into the world of stop-motion animation and how emerging technologies are fused with timeless techniques to create LAIKA’s state-of-the-art film masterpieces.”
Guests can expect to enjoy immersive experiences like venturing into a full-size version of the tunnel leading to the Other World in “Coraline” or looking through a “puppet’s-eye-view” of a LAIKA set where visitors will create their own stop-motion animation using themselves as a puppet.
“LAIKA is a multifaceted community of dreamers, makers, storytellers, scientists, engineers and artists all committed to making movies that matter,” says David Burke, LAIKA’s chief marketing officer and SVP Operations, in a press release. “We believe that cinema is a profoundly important and fertile landscape in which we can tell stories that speak to global audiences, both now and for generations to come. Film is a universally shared cultural language and it is thrilling to be partnering with MoPOP, which celebrates the power of popular culture and the individuals who create that magic.”
Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA will open to the public on Saturday, March 18. Get tickets to the opening-night party on March 17 here.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit mopop.org/LAIKA.