It has taken me a long time to write this blog post and I have no real excuse other than my overwhelming need to fan-girl every time I think about this event…
On December 8th 2019 LAIKA, the Oscar® and BAFTA®-winning Stop-Motion Animated Feature Film studio held an all-day event at the Picturehouse Cinema.
All of Laika’s films, including Coraline (2009), Paranorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), Kubo and the two strings (2016) and recent Golden Globe winner Missing Link were screened during the day. The event also held an onstage Q&A with Chis Butler (Writer/Director of Missing Link and ParaNorman)
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It’s the real light on real objects that makes stop motion special. You get the imperfections, chaos and uniqueness of real life – that’s what makes it so magical.Chris Butler – Director/Writer
We bought tickets for the screening of Paranorman, but frankly I would of happily stayed and watched each film back to back on the big screen. Every one of Laika’s films holds a special place in my heart, but for anyone who knows me personally, will know just how much I adore Coraline.
The screen that Picturehouse Central chose to hold the event in was brilliant. It was cosy and intimate – the perfect set up for a Q&A. It made the whole experience feel more personable.
Chris was very laid back and treated the experience as if he was talking among friends, which was refreshing to witness. The presenter who interviewed him did a great job of capturing the audience’s questions whilst also asking a few of his own.
After the film and Q&A had finished the audience headed into the lobby where there was an exhibition of puppets and dioramas from all 5 films.
When I saw that they had the official puppets from Coraline, to say I was excited would of been a BIG understatement.
Each puppet stood proud in their individual display case. There were small information plaques with each cabinet that described the character or had a fan fact about the creation of the puppet. For example Norman’s puppet has 275 spikes of hair, made primarily out of Goat’s hair.
Chris Butler along with a few well known faces came into the lobby for press interviews. We left shortly after so unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to have a chat 1-1 with him.
Overall the event was great. It was well ran and exceeded my expectations by a long shot. I was doubtful that Laika would be able to visit the UK and hold an event here, so to have the opportunity to not only attend a Q&A with the Director/Writer but also to see majority of the puppets in the flesh was an absolute dream come true.
I hope you enjoyed this film event post. Until next time,