Family animation studio goes dark, churning out gory film ‘Gritty’

The world of animation is changing forever, with various studios shutting down their departments completely. Like the beloved Laika Studios, others are going down a dark path no one expected.

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Laika Studios shocked the cinematic world with its groundbreaking film Coraline (2009), the $60 million stop-motion animation that terrified all children with its horrifying themes with “Other Mother” (Teri Hatcher) but blew up reviews and the box office, grossing over 125 millions of dollars.

According to Laika, Coraline:

Wandering through her rambling old house in her boring new town, Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a hidden door to a fantasy version of her life. In order to stay in the fantasy, she must make a frighteningly real sacrifice.

Dakota Fanning as Coraline Jones
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Laika single-handedly keeps the world of stop motion animation alive with other groundbreaking films such as Paranormand (2012), Kubo and the two ropes (2016) and Golden Globe winner Missing link (2019).

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While Laika Studios has unfortunately been able to make a profit from its latest films, the production company still stands out as one of the leading animation studios in the world.

For a turn of events, Laika gives a first look at her upcoming film, The Night Gardenera “gritty neo-noir folk tale”:

A neo-noir folk tale set in rural Missouri. LAIKA teams up with Ozark creator Bill Dubuque for the new stop-motion animated film THE NIGHT GARDENER. Travis Knight will direct. In pre-production.

Out of left field, Laika Studios embarks on a darker genre of cinema, sharing the gory first look at its next The Night Gardener film.

Isaac Hempstead as Eggs
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Like a frame taken from Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) O-Ren Ishii’s anime backstory sequence, That One Still Smoking Bullet indicates that Laika is abandoning his early family standards with softer movies like Missing link and go to a precise black image.

Charlize Theron as Mokney (left) and Art Parkinson as Kubo (right)
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It’s fascinating to see Laika’s narrative turn, taking up ozark creator Bill Dubuque to write the “ambitious stop-motion animated film,” according to Weekly entertainment.

EW writes:

Ozark creator Bill Dubuque has set one of his next projects to follow his hit Netflix drama, which ends with the second part of its final season on April 29: he will pen an original script for The Night Gardener. , described as an ambitious stop-motion animated film from the studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link.

LAIKA calls the new film “a gritty neo-noir folk tale centered on a young man from rural Missouri who struggles to keep his family together in the wake of tragedy.” It also promises to “paint an unflinching portrait of sacrifice, self-reliance, and revenge.”

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Since Laika has stuck to a family approach on films like The Boxtrolls (2014), it is clear that Oregon-based animators are tapping into a new market, one that focuses on darker films in this black-revolutionized film culture.

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At LAIKA, our films are born from the imagination, shaped into stories and shaped by passionate artists who bring unforgettable characters to life. Founded in 2005 and located just outside of Portland, Oregon, LAIKA’s five films have all been nominated for Academy Awards® and PGA Awards for Best Animated Feature.

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With legendary directors like Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the giant peach), as well as renowned actors like Charlize Theron, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Dee Bradley Baker and John Goodman, Laika remains one of the most recognized animation studios in the world.

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