The stop-motion animators behind films such as Caroline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls is about to get an upgrade. They plan to increase their studio size by 70 percent. With these changes, the company hopes to release films in a shorter timeline.
This is fantastic news, since Laika has only released three films since they started making producing feature films six years ago. The Portland Business Journal cited that they are planning to make one film a year. This schedule has not begun yet, based on the fact that their next film, Kubo and the Two Strings, is set for a 2016 release. The Boxtrolls was released in 2014.
This type of independent animation company is excellent for the industry because of its originality in storytelling and boldness. Laika’s president and CEO Travis Knight takes pride in this, saying “We want to tell unique, original stories every time out.”
Although Laika has been around for a few years, this might be the start of their big break. Now that they have a larger studio and have the capability to produce films quicker, they might be a regular on the animation studio map. In five years or so, they might become a household name as Disney and Dreamworks are.