#170 | LAIKA from “Coraline” to “Kubo”

Pixar is highly recognized as the boutique animation studio that rules the land. However, don’t sleep on stop-motion animation studio LAIKA. Named after a Soviet space dog, LAIKA is known for great films like “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.” In this episode, we discuss the history of the LAIKA animation studio, from its start as Will Vinton Studios, to its controversial buy-out by Nike co-founder Phil Knight, to its award-winning and nominated films.



• 00:00:00: Intro/History of Will Vinton Studios/LAIKA

• 00:11:00: “Coraline” (2009)

• 00:28:00: “Corpse Bride” (2005)

• 00:39:00: “Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016)



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