Laika: Life in Stop Motion Exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image

By 8/08/2022 10:33:00 AM

Upcoming exhibit LAIKA: Life in Stop Motion will “take over” the animation section of the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) dynamic core exhibition Behind the Screen. It will include puppets, sets, and video clips from LAIKA’s first five films.

Laika Life in Stop Motion Exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image

The new exhibit starts September 1, 2022, and will also feature 2-D LAIKA character figures and environments that visitors can use to create their own stop-motion animations at MoMI’s interactive stations, which the creator can share and post online.

LAIKA: Life in Stop Motion will be on view through August 27, 2023. It will be accompanied by screenings of LAIKA films in the Museum’s Redstone Theater.

Face masks (ages 2+) are required during screenings in the Museum’s theaters and recommended in other areas of the building.

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MoMI has presented numerous exhibitions devoted to animation. In addition, the Museum’s core exhibition Behind the Screen, which explores the many crafts and creative processes behind moving images, has a section devoted to animation and its link to the birth of cinema.

Creators of the Oscar®-nominated animated films Missing Link (2019), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012), and Coraline (2009), LAIKA is credited with reviving the venerable cinematic technique of stop-motion animation by marrying it to the most cutting-edge technological advances in the filmmaking sector.

All of LAIKA’s films have been nominated for Best Animated Film Oscars.

Kubo and the Two Strings was also nominated for the Visual Effects Academy Award, only the second time in history that an animated film was recognized in this way. Kubo won the BAFTA Award; Missing Link received the Golden Globe in 2019, and LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar in 2016 for its innovation in the use of 3-D printers in animated filmmaking.

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