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BFI Partner With LAIKA For Stop-Motion Exhibition

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BFI LAIKA Frame x Frame

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The British Film Institute (BFI) has partnered with to celebrate stop-motion through a new programme starting this August.

The event will include the immersive exhibition Frame x Frame, a collaboration between the BFI and animation studio LAIKA. Located at the Southbank Centre in London, the exhibition will include ‘human scale' reproductions of scenes from the LAIKA universe, never-seen-before items from the archives, and a sneak peek at their upcoming film Wildwood.

Stop Motion: Celebrating Hand-Crafted Animation on the Big Screen will include a 3D screening of Coraline (2009) to commemorate the dark fantasy's 15th anniversary. This coincides with the film's return to cinemas later this month. A Q&A with director Henry Selick and actor Teri Hatcher, who voices the Other Mother, will precede the film.

ParaNorman (2012), The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012), and Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022), will also be shown with Q&As with their respective directors.

Additionally, Selick and Aardman's Peter Lord are set to talk about their careers and the industry. Lord is a co-founder of the Bristol-based studio, who have won four Academy Awards.

The BFI will also screen Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) and Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox (2009). Jason and the Argonauts (1963), featuring stop-motion visual effects from Ray Harryhausen, will also be shown.

Also on the roster is an 18-rated horror animation by Robert Morgan and a collection of BFI-backed stop-motion shorts. There are also screenings of children's TV shows from 1961-2007, such as Bagpuss (1971).

All screenings and exhibitions require bookings in advance, with tickets on sale from midday on 4th July.

Stop Motion: Celebrating Hand-Crafted Animation on the Big Screen runs from 1st August to 9th October 2024. The Frame x Frame exhibition runs from 12th August to 1st October 2024.