My Fun Visit to LAIKA and the Amazing "The Boxtrolls!" 

Experiencing everything that Portland, Oregon has to offer for the first time was quite magical which made it even more whimsical when I visited LAIKA, the home of "Coraline," "ParaNorman," and the upcoming "The Boxtrolls!"

Nestled within the agrarian roots of Hillsboro, LAIKA is housed inside a giant warehouse populated by creative folks, craftsmen, and CEO, leader, guru, head animator, and all-around nice guy, Travis Knight. He's such a down-to-earth guy and a fun communicator that I just had to take a picture with him in front of the Cheesebridge Market Place backdrop used in "The Boxtrolls."

The whole visit was devoted to LAIKA's edgy brand and of course, "The Boxtrolls." Based on "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow, we saw a few clips from the film, some from Act 1 and some from Act 2. They also showed us a LAIKA featurette which I hoped will be available to us soon so I can post it here!

We toured the whole compound, talked to various department heads -- costumes, art, computers (oh my gosh, their 3D printer is phenomenal) -- and experienced the magical brand called LAIKA.

I even interviewed the sweet and funny Isaac Hempstead-Wright who voices Eggs, the lead character in "The Boxtrolls." Hempstead-Wright is also in the popular HBO show, "Game of Thrones" as Bran Stark.

I will post the video of my LAIKA visit as soon as it's made available. But for now, watch "The Boxtrolls" trailer by clicking here. I can't wait to see the animated wonder in full when it comes out in theaters on September 26!

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