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LAIKA Delights The Elites At The Portland Art Museum



Whether they’re snapping photos of the perfect poké bowl or writing reviews of the hottest hotel bar, the Yelp Elites are an animated bunch. And from gyms to jewelers to house cleaners, they’re always drawn to the best their cities have to offer! So when the Portland Art Museum announced Animating Life: The Art, Science, & Wonder of LAIKA, it was clear that the Yelp Elites needed to make an appearance. PAM agreed and the museum opened for an intimate Yelpers-only evening exploring the story of Portland’s own world-class animation studio!

The Yelp Elites and their guests entered the museum and the first thing they saw was an intricate model of Pink Palace Apartments, the setting for LAIKA’s breakout hit, “Coraline.” Ornate trellises, delicate flora, and functional lights were all testaments to LAIKA’S dedication to detail when crafting their stop-motion masterpieces. Around the corner, a giant 16 foot model of a skeleton from “Kubo and the Two Strings” was next to an artful display of hundreds of tiny model faces, each bearing a different expression. Big or Small, LAIKA goes to extremes so that every frame of their films is filled with movie magic unlike anything you’d seen before.

A scavenger hunt encouraged the Yelp Elites to dive deep into the exhibition. Exploring the numerous and varied displays, Yelpers discovered the studio’s commitment to constant innovation. The guests were amazed by LAIKA’s cutting edge tactics for creating fully realized worlds. A gilded ballroom and the trash-collecting trolls that live below. A magical garden with a sinister secret. A suburban home beset by monsters. A feudal Japanese dojo. Whatever the setting dreamed up by LAIKA’s artists, the Yelp Elites were amazed by their peek behind the curtain.

If you want your own peek behind the curtain, visit the Portland Art Museum before the exhibition closes on May 20th. And if you want to learn about the exhibit from the Yelp Elites themselves, read their reviews here!

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