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Wildwood is LAIKA's new stop-motion feature film
September 16, 2021

Wildwood is LAIKA's new stop-motion feature film

The new feature animated film from American studios is titled Wildwood and promises to take us into a magical and dangerous forest. Below the first information and visual.
"Beyond Portland’s city limits lies Wildwood. You’re not supposed to go there. You’re not even supposed to know it exists. But Prue McKeel is about to enter this enchanted wonderland. Her baby brother Mac has been taken by a murder of crows into the forest’s depths, and she – along with her hapless classmate Curtis – is going to get him back. Prue might think she’s too old for fairytales, but she’s just found herself at the center of one. One filled with strange talking animals, roguish bandits and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.

A story of love, of loss, of sacrifice and secrets, and of the magic that you can find at your fingertips if you are willing to seek it.

Wildwood is based on the best-selling book written by The Decemberists lead singer Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis. The announcement was made by Travis Knight, President and CEO of the award-winning Portland (Oregon) based animation studios LAIKA (Kubo and the Two Strings, Paranorman), announcing that the film will be directed by himself.

"As a deep-dyed native son of Oregon, I have rainwater, microbrew and fair-trade coffee coursing through my veins," said Knight. "With Wildwood, I have the opportunity to tell a madly ambitious story of magic, wonder, and danger set in the place I grew up. My very own Portland will join that pantheon of unforgettable fantasy realms, with a stirring epic that will kindle imaginations, lift spirits, and break hearts.".

LAIKA confirms itself always looking for original stories and contents totally out of the standards of any other competing studios, award-winning choices all over the world.

In the creative team we also find the screenwriter Chris Butler, Golden Globe winner for the latest title LAIKA Missing Link, and also the multiple-nominated for the Oscars and Bafta Caleb Deschanel.

Waiting other informations, here is the first visual released:

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