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Animated Worlds: Stop Motion Classics

  • October 15, 2017 – December 3, 2017

Stop motion animation has a history as long as cinema itself and a tremendous body of accomplished work by animators from throughout the world. While the bar has been set high, it hasn’t stopped Portland’s LAIKA—with four remarkable features completed—from raising that bar with each release. In conjunction with Animating Life: the Art, Science and Wonder of LAIKA, on view at the Portland Art Museum October 14–May 20, 2018, the Film Center will show their work and some of the classics of the genre on Sundays throughout the run. Along with the screenings, look for a range of family and adult production activities that will enhance appreciation of the magic of animation. The screenings are free with admission to the Museum.

Sun, Nov 26

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Directed by Wes Anderson

Anderson’s first animated film, adapted from a story by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, is a stop-motion thrill ride through

Sun, Dec 3

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Directed by Steve Box, Nick Park

Eccentric inventor Wallace and his cunning dog Gromit have launched a humane pest control business. When called upon by the

Sun, Dec 17


Directed by Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Eleven-year-old Norman can see and speak with the dead, including his beloved grandmother. Most days, he prefers their company to

Sat, Dec 30

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Directed by Lotte Reiniger

The oldest existing animated feature, Prince Achmed was made by 23-year-old teacher Lotte Reiniger using the stop-motion and silhouette animation

Chicken Run

Directed by Nick Park, Peter Lord

The feature debut from the Academy Award-winning team behind the much-loved Wallace and Gromit shorts is a charming adventure set


Directed by Henry Selick

Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel, Coraline’s heroine is an adventurous girl (Dakota Fanning) who discovers a doorway to

Corpse Bride

Directed by Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

In Tim Burton’s Victorian-era fantasy, Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp), the son of wealthy merchants, and Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson),

James and the Giant Peach

Directed by Henry Selick

Based on Roald Dahl's delightfully dark children's story, Selick’s (Coraline) imaginative film tells the tale of an unhappy orphaned boy

Kubo and the Two Strings

Directed by Travis Knight

In LAIKA’s most recent film, a spectacular, epic adventure, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the