The two companies behind the well-received 3D stop-motion animated feature “The Boxtrolls” are continuing together at full speed. LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight along with Focus CEO Peter Schlessel announced today LAIKA’s next three projects will be distributed by Focus.
“I am very pleased to continue our relationship with our friends at Laika. Travis and his company have elevated the art of animated films and we are proud to be part of their success,” said Schlessel in a statement.
“Focus and LAIKA are kindred spirits,” Knight added.
“The Boxtrolls” is a comedic fantasy that follows the same whimsical trend of past LAIKA productions. The Portland-based company also produced the quirky horror comedy “ParaNorman”(2012) and the macabre charmer “Coraline” (2009). Starring Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan, “The Boxtrolls” was released in theaters last month.
“Over eight years and three films we’ve forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories,” Knight said. “Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They’re the bravest studio in the world. We look forward to many ongoing cinematic adventures with our Focus/Universal family. The best is yet to come.”