Wildwood poster reveals Laika’s fantastic new stop-motion adventure

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The studio behind such hits as Coraline and Paranorman are back. Laika has just announced her next project, Wild forest, with a poster reveal. The studio is famous for its unique stop motion animation using hand-sculpted puppets and sets to bring their characters to life. Wild forest will be their sixth feature film.

The President and CEO of Laika, Travis Knight, should lead. Knight is no stranger to a director’s seat, as he directed Laika’s film Kubo and the two strings as well as the 2018 blockbuster Bumblebee. The film will be a first for cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, however. Deschanel will take his first steps in stop motion through this project. Although this is not his first animation project, since he participated in the cinematography of Jon Favreau’s film The Lion King. Wild forest will be produced by Arianne Sutner and written by Chris Butler, both of whom won the Golden Globe for Missing link, which was directed by Butler.

Wild forest will be based on the first book of The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy, singer and songwriter of The Decemberists. No distribution is announced yet, although there are plenty of options such as Netflix, Amazon, or Apple TV +.

Wild wood poster

Beyond the city limits of Portland lies Wildwood. You’re not supposed to go. You are not even supposed to know it exists. But Prue McKeel is about to enter this enchanted wonderland. Her little brother Mac has been taken by a murder of crows deep into the forest, and she – along with her hapless classmate Curtis – is going to get him back. Prue might think she’s too old for fairy tales, but she just found herself in the center of a… filled with weird talking animals, mischievous bandits, and powerful characters with the darkest intentions.

“As a deep-dyed Oregon-born son, I have rainwater, micro-brewing, and fair-trade coffee running through my veins,” Knight said in an interview with Indiewire. “With ‘Wild forest, ‘I have the opportunity to tell a wildly ambitious story of magic, wonder and danger that takes place where I grew up. My own Portland will join this pantheon of unforgettable fantasy realms, with a moving epic that will spark the imagination, lift spirits and break hearts. “

Deschanel sees the project as a new opportunity to learn, saying this with Indiewire. “I’m always looking to do something I’ve never done before. Which means working on a project where I have no idea what I’m doing. I filmed ‘Never look away‘in German, which I don’t speak – and photographed’Lion King‘in a virtual world I knew nothing about. ‘Wild forest‘will be filmed with stop-motion animation which is actually one of the oldest forms of animation, but which uses some of the latest technology to make it even more expressive. Again, I have no idea what I’m doing. But, honestly, I’m just supervising some incredibly talented people who have done this multiple times before. I learn from them. It’s an exciting – fascinating process. “

Laika has a proven track record of bringing audiences to whole new worlds over the years. Bring fun and spooky stories to life such as Coraline and Paranorman, sincere adventures such as Kubo and the two strings, or even light comedies take off in Boxtrolls and Missing link. With each project, they continue to push the limits of stop motion as a medium as well as special effects. Each of their five films won Oscar nominations. The studio also won the Academy Sci-Tech Oscar for its outstanding rapid prototyping 3D printing system for character animation. Not so long ago, the studio bought the rights to Seventeen, the action thriller from screenwriter John Brownlow, which he plans to direct as his first live action feature film.

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