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Shout Factory Release New LAIKA Studio Editions This August and September


Portland-based LAIKA are one of animation's most beloved studios. And in an industry where most of the studios are owned by sprawling international megacorps, their quirky stop-motion features make them stand out. While they have pushed the stop-motion medium more with each subsequent movie they have struggled to connect with mainstream audiences, with the box-office total decreasing with each release.

Any animation fan will tell you that those audiences are missing out- LAIKA has never put out a film that is less than brilliant. A while ago it was announced that they had signed a deal with distribution company Shout Factory to release new collector's editions of their back catalogue. We now have more details to share.

Shout Factory will release Coraline and The Boxtrolls on August 31 and Paranorman and Kubo And The Two Strings as Blu-Ray/DVD combos on September 14. Each film will be a newly restored digital master and boast brand new artwork. They will include both existing and brand new special features and will come with insightful essays written by animation experts include Charles Solomon and Peter Debruge.

Brand new features include animation test footage, Inside LAIKA featurettes and storyboards. Full details on the new editions are below.

Coraline (LAIKA Studios Edition)
From Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) and based on the novella of the same name by author Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Coraline is a wondrous, thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure and the first stop motion animated film ever to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3-D, unlike anything moviegoers had ever experienced before. A young girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her counterfeit parents try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to save her family and get back home. 

Voice Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Robert Bailey Jr., and Ian McShane. Produced by Bill Mechanic, Claire Jennings, Henry Selick, Mary Sandell. Based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Written for the screen and directed by Henry Selick. 

Special Features:
• NEW Never-Before-Seen Coraline Animation Test Footage 
• NEW “Inside LAIKA Featurette” 
• NEW Foreword by Peter Debruge, Chief Film Critic for Variety 
• Audio Commentary with Director Henry Selick and Composer Bruno Coulais
• The Making Of Coraline
• Original Featurettes
• Deleted Scenes
• Feature-Length Storyboards

The Boxtrolls (LAIKA Studios Edition)
This comedic fable unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs, since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

Voice Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Simon Pegg. Produced by David Bleiman Ichioka, Travis Knight. Screenplay by Irena Brignull, Adam Pava. Based on the book Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Directed by Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable. 

Special Features:
• NEW Never-Before-Seen The Boxtrolls Animation Test Footage 
• NEW “Inside LAIKA’ Featurette 
• NEW Feature-Length Storyboards 
• NEW Foreword by Ramin Zahed, the Editor in Chief of Animation Magazine 
• Audio Commentary with Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
• The Making of The Boxtrolls
• Original Featurettes

ParaNorman (LAIKA Studios Edition)
In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul-whisperer bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Voice Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, and John Goodman. Produced by Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight. Written by Chris Butler. Directed by Sam Fell, Chris Butler. 

Special Features:
• NEW Feature-Length Storyboards 
• NEW Inside LAIKA Featurette 
• NEW Never-Before-Seen ParaNorman Animation Test Footage 
• Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Chris Butler and Co-Director Sam Fell
• “Peering Through the Veil”
• Original Featurettes

Kubo and the Two Strings (LAIKA Studios Edition)
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. The film follows clever, kindhearted Kubo as he ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny. 

Voice Cast: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Art Parkinson, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro. Screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. Produced by Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight. Directed by Travis Knight. 

Special Features:
• NEW Feature-Length Storyboards 
• NEW Inside LAIKA Featurette 
• NEW Never-Before-Seen Kubo and the Two Strings Animation Test Footage 
• Audio Commentary with Director/Producer Travis Knight
• “Kubo’s Journey”
• Original Featurettes