LAIKA Sundays: The Boxtrolls

January 21, 2018 all-day

Join us on the third Sunday of each month between October and January for an immersive and family-friendly day of all things LAIKA Studios. Each Sunday will spotlight one of the four major LAIKA films, with opportunities to meet some of the incredible artists who make the magic happen. Get creative in an animation workshop at the Northwest Film Center, and end your visit by settling in to watch your favorite LAIKA films on the big screen, presented by Northwest Film Center.

January LAIKA Sunday 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. – Noon: Boxtrolls Featurettes & Short Films
Whitsell Auditorium
Join Mark Shapiro (LAIKA Marketing) for a fun and interactive look behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls, including featurettes, shorts and commercial content.

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.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.: Director’s Talk – My Life with The Boxtrolls – Graham Annable (Director)
Whitsell Auditorium
Graham Annable, Director of The Boxtrolls will share never-before-seen visuals and insights from the Oscar-nominated film, released in 2014.

12:30 p.m.: 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.: The Boxtrolls: Puppet Meet & Greet
Whitsell Auditorium-Lobby
Stop by this informal meet-and-greet (and take photos) with puppets from The Boxtrolls.

2 p.m.: Film Screening – The Boxtrolls
Whitsell Auditorium
*Film only tickets can be purchased at the NWFC website.

Admission: Except where noted, all LAIKA Sunday programs are 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.

The Boxtrolls (Film Still), A band of gurgling Boxtrolls. THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC
The Boxtrolls (Film Still) A band of gurgling Boxtrolls. THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC