Laika Announces Sixth Stop-Motion Movie, ‘Wildwood,’ Directed by Travis Knight, Shot by Caleb Deschanel

Laika Announces Sixth Stop-Motion Movie, ‘Wildwood,’ Directed by Travis Knight, Shot by Caleb Deschanel
Laika has begun production on its sixth stop-motion feature, “Wildwood,” the studio’s first fantasy adventure set in the natural beauty of hometown Portland, Oregon. Laika President & CEO Travis Knight directs, and legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff”) makes his first foray into stop-motion. The six-time Oscar nominee brings his naturalistic style to handcrafted animation after lensing the virtual world of Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King.”

“Wildwood” is based on the first in a trilogy of YA fantasy novels by Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for Portland-based The Decemberists, and illustrated by artist Carson Ellis. The project about a secret forest has been in development at Laika for a decade. No distribution has been announced, though there are obviously several streaming opportunities available at Neflix, Amazon, and Apple.

Here’s the synopsis: “Beyond Portland’s city limits lies Wildwood. You’re not supposed to go there. You
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