LAIKA Sundays

March 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us on the third Sunday of each month between February and May for an immersive and family-friendly day of all things LAIKA Studios. Each LAIKA Sunday will include opportunities to meet some of the incredible artists who make the magic happen behind the scenes, participate in a LAIKA-inspired family tour, get creative with some analog animation activities, and settle in to watch a LAIKA film or other classic animated work.

This Sunday’s schedule

All Day

LAIKA Activity Guide
Schnitzer Sculpture Court

Be inspired, have fun, and bring your own ideas to life! At the heart of every LAIKA film is a creative process that kindles the imagination. This hands-on activity guide explores key elements of that process, from developing characters and building their physical worlds to a crucial focus on storytelling.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

LAIKA: An Insider’s Guide to the Exhibition
Meet in the Schnitzer Sculpture Court

Join Mark Shapiro (LAIKA Marketing) for an introduction to the LAIKA exhibition.  He will stick around to answer your questions in the exhibition.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make Your Own Thaumatrope
Stevens Room

Pop in to make a simple optical illusion or “wonder tuner” toy using cardboard, string, and your own twirling hands.

11 a.m. – Noon

Visual Effects Artistry at LAIKA: Part I
Whitsell Auditorium

Steve Emerson, VFX Supervisor
Eric Wachtman, CG Look Development Lead
Nick Childs, Compositor
Veronica Hernandez, Senior Roto/Paint Artist.

This panel discussion will highlight the work of LAIKA’s VFX (Visual Effects) team during the production of the studio’s first three films: Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. Using behind-the-scenes footage and images, the group will share stories from the productions and speak to the evolution of LAIKA’s visual effects workflows as the films become more ambitious and larger in scope.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Visual Effects Artistry at LAIKA: Part II
Whitsell Auditorium  

Steve Emerson, VFX Supervisor
Peter Vickery, Associate VFX Supervisor
David Horsley, Lead FX Artist
Justin Graham, Roto/Paint Lead

This second panel will showcase the Oscar-nominated Visual Effects (VFX) work done by LAIKA on their most recent film release: Kubo and the Two Strings. The group will share stories from the production and speak to how they overcame the many challenges presented by LAIKA’s most ambitious film to date.

12:30 p.m.

Portland Art Museum Docent-Guided Family Tour: Stories in Art – Connecting LAIKA to the PAM Collection
Meet in the Schnitzer Sculpture Court

Every artwork tells a story. Join a Museum guide for an interactive exploration of the stories told by works in the PAM collection, and in Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Kubo and the Two Strings: Puppet Meet & Greet
Whitsell Auditorium-Lobby

Stop by this informal meet-and-greet (and take photos) with puppets from Kubo and the Two Strings.

2 p.m.

Film Screening: Kubo and the Two Strings
Whitsell Auditorium

*Film only tickets can be purchased at the NWFC website.


Admission: Except where noted, all LAIKA Sunday programs free with Museum admission. The Museum and programs are always free for Members and for youth 17 and under. Tours, panel discussions, and film screening are first come, first served. Please note there may be limited capacity.

Presented in conjunction with Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, on view October 14, 2017 through May 20, 2018.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA