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Event dateFriday, March 17
Event time 6:00pm
Event locationMoPOP
AgesAll ages

Pull back the curtain, look behind the button eyes, and dive headfirst into our newest exhibition Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA.

  • Live panel discussions with LAIKA artists
  • Flipbook, ADR/foley art, and costume design activities
  • Performances by Filthy FemCorps and DJ Toya B




Arianne Sutner


Producer and Head of Production

Arianne Sutner is LAIKA's Head of Production and shares Producer credits with Travis Knight on ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Missing Link. Prior to LAIKA, Arianne produced Animation/FX for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and served as FX Unit Production Manager for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. Her additional credits include James and the Giant Peach, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as a wide array of live-action and animated television shows, commercials, and shorts.

Brad Schiff


Animation Supervisor

As the Animation Supervisor for LAIKA’s next film Missing Link as well as the studio’s Oscar®-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, and ParaNorman, Brad Schiff oversees LAIKA's world class team of animators, who consistently push the art of stop-motion animation beyond its perceived limits. Brad originally honed his stop-motion skills on popular television shows including Vinton Studios’ The PJ's and feature films including Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. He earned an Oscar® nomination in the VFX category and won a Visual Effects Society award for his contribution to Kubo and the Two Strings.

Chris Butler


Director, Screenwriter, Character Designer

Chris Butler was Co-Director on LAIKA’s ParaNorman, for which he also wrote the original screenplay. Missing Link marks his return as both writer and director. Aside from developing his own projects, he was Head of Story and writer on Kubo and the Two Strings, and Story Supervisor for Coraline. Prior to LAIKA, Chris amassed a decade’s worth of experience designing and storyboarding on numerous high- profile animated projects, including Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. His work has been nominated for an Academy Award®, a BAFTA, several Annies, and the first GLAAD award nomination for an animated feature.

Deborah Cook


Costume Designer

Originally from England, Deborah Cook has designed and built costumes for every LAIKA film. Her designs for Kubo and the Two Strings won a nomination for Excellence in Fantasy Film by the Costume Designers Guild, and she received a Visual Effects Society nomination for Coraline. Detailed, in-depth research, innovation in small-scale fabric technology and expertise in engineered fabric movement has made Deborah the principal stop-motion costume designer. Other film credits include Corpse Bride and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Deborah earned her BA Honors degree and did post graduate study in fine art sculpture at St. Martin's College in London.


We will have soft drinks, a mocktail, concessions, and a limited food menu in South Lobby and Culture Kitchen. The Beer Garden in Retail and the Lounge will offer alcoholic beverages for those 21+.

We are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for our staff and guests. Masks are strongly recommended, but not required. See our museum COVID policy for more details.

Coat check will be available for coats, bags, and umbrellas for this event.

Please note that non-invasive bag checks will be conducted upon entry at all MoPOP events.

All museum galleries except Sound Lab and Indie Games will be open to attendees, including the world premiere of Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA and Pearl Jam: Home and Away, closing soon on April 23.

We will be providing ADA seating and ASL interpretation. Sound & Vision Theater will be a dedicated sensory-friendly space with lowered lights, lower volume, and less people. The LAIKA panel discussion will be routed to screens throughout the museum, with additional seating in Sound & Vision Theater for viewing the discussion. Sunflower lanyards and noise-cancelling headphones will be available to rent.

Accessibility considerations within the Hidden Worlds exhibit include large print guides in English, neutral Spanish, and simplified Chinese, available at the 3rd floor ticketing kiosk. There will be QR codes throughout the exhibition with web exclusive content, English captioning on all in-gallery films, and interactives developed with universal design focus. Text in the exhibit is in Atkinson Hyper Legible font, provided by the Braille Institute, at a minimum of 18 points in size. All areas of the exhibit are wheelchair accessible.

Please see our accessibility page for more details on accommodations.

In 2009, Oregon-based studio LAIKA redefined stop-motion animation with the instant classic Coraline. Now boasting five Oscar ®-nominated films with more on the way, Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA grants you unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the legendary studio’s groundbreaking production techniques, along with immersive set displays, character interactives, and sneak peeks of upcoming work. See the exhibition landing page to learn more.

This information-rich and interactive exhibit will take about 30 to 45 minutes to explore. Please note that it may take longer to make your way through the exhibit during busier periods.

Due to concurrent events in the area, rideshares after the party will be geofenced to 6th and Thomas and won't be conducting pickups from the turnaround.



Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA will be on exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture starting Saturday, March 18, 2023 through summer 2024.

  • Never-before-seen artifacts from the LAIKA production studios
  • Immersive set displays
  • Character interactives
  • Sneak peek at Wildwood, the studio’s next animated feature film




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