Magazine article Screen International

Laika Hosts WeHo 10th Birthday Bash

Magazine article Screen International

Laika Hosts WeHo 10th Birthday Bash

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"When Laika began we had a simple goal: to make movies that matter," president, CEO, lead animator and producer Travis Knight told a small gathering at the London West Hollywood on Tuesday night.

"Laika is devoted to telling new and original stories in new and original ways."

On the occasion of the company's tenth birthday Knight, who could go toe-to-toe with Tony Stark in the charm and eloquence stakes, thanked his collaborators and his team.

He also paid fulsome praise to Focus Features, whom he described as "the perfect partners" after he knocked on doors with his drawings more than a decade ago and experienced "rejection, rejection and dispiriting rejection."

Knight added: "We have the bravest distributors in the world. They are lionhearted souls who took a chance on a ragged band of misfits from Oregon. …

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