Creators of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Upcoming Missing Link Take Over Gaslamp Quarter Storefront With All New and Expansive Exhibit

Coraline 10th Anniversary Kicks Off Alongside PRIDE and Comic-Con Celebrations

San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner folks and we know trying to plan your geeky pop culture weekend can be an extremely daunting task. But, before you go any further, we have some very exciting news! Highly acclaimed stop-motion animation studio LAIKA (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings) will once again have a pop-up exhibit in the gaslamp quarters of downtown San Diego. The exhibit begins Friday, July 13 and runs to Sunday, July 22, 2018, which coincides with the city’s PRIDE (sdpride.org) and Comic-Con festivities. Fans can anticipate seeing a huge cache of props, puppets, and sets from LAIKA’s critically acclaimed and award-winning films. In addition to everything that will be on display, exclusive LAIKA merchandise will be offered for sale including brand new items and limited edition Coraline items as well as multiple giveaways, and more. Before you ask how much admission is we wanted to let you know this exhibit is free! For more details and updated hours of operation, please visit www.laika.com

“Curators will explain the magical process of LAIKA’s filmmaking as guests peek behind the curtain at one of the most imaginative film studios in the world.  LAIKA’s roster of costume characters (appearing both at the exhibit and throughout the Gaslamp Quarter) will pose for photos and for the first time ever will include Coraline and Other Mother, in a nod to the iconic film’s 10th anniversary (release date was February 9, 2009). In addition, fans will meet the costume character Mr. Link and see a set and Mr. Link puppet from LAIKA’s latest film Missing Link (set for release April 19, 2019).”

WHERE:               LAIKA LIVE
San Diego’s Gaslamp District
350 Fifth Avenue (between J & K Streets)
San Diego, CA 92101

WHEN:                 Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 22, 2018

Hours of Operation:
Friday, 7/13:  2-10pm
Saturday, 7/14: 2-10pm
Sunday, 7/15:  11am-5pm
Monday, 7/16:  12-5pm
Tuesday, 7/17: 12-5pm
Wednesday, 7/18: 12-5pm
Thursday, 7/19:  10am-10pm
Friday, 7/20:  10am-11pm
Saturday, 7/21: LAIKA store opens at 10am; exhibit: 2:00pm-11pm
Sunday, 7/22: 10am-6pm

HIGHLIGHTS:
Saturday, July 21 (with a soon-to-be-announced special guest)
11 am:  LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight (director of Kubo and the Two Strings) will take Facebook Live guests on a tour of the exhibit.  (Details TBA)

12:30 to 2:00 pm:   Autograph signing session with Travis Knight.  Autographs of merchandise (available at the store at LAIKA LIVE) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, time permitting.

WHAT TO SEE at LAIKA LIVE:
●  Sets, puppets, props and technology demonstrations from all four LAIKA films as well as our hero puppet and a set from the studio’s upcoming Missing Link.
●  LAIKA merchandise available for purchase.
●  Daily drawing for one pair of collectible Coraline Dunks from Nike.
●  Photo ops with LAIKA costume characters, including:
◦ Coraline and Other Mother from Coraline
◦  Norman and Zombie Judge from ParaNorman
◦  Boxtrolls Fish and Sparky from The Boxtrolls
◦  Kubo, Monkey and Beetle from Kubo and the Two Strings
◦  Mister Link from Missing Link

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