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 The reins, bridle and saddle on the horse are made from real leather that had been thinned down dramatically to achieve the required scale. Many of the books in Lionel’s study were also leather bound using authentic bookbinding techniques.
Adelina’s hair uses nearly 2,000 feet of multi-colored silk thread (over 1/3 of a mile) which is blended and styled by hand to mimic the shapes and linear qualities of the pen and ink illustrations of the “Gibson Girl” look.
The exterior train is an actual working train on rails that was pulled by a motorized winch. It ran too smoothly along the rails, so bits of tape painted to look like rust were added to the track so that the wheels would bump along for more authentic carriage motion.
“‘Why do it in stop motion instead of entirely in CG?’—It’s akin to asking an artist ‘why draw or paint this still life or portrait when you can just take a photograph?’ We think there is an artistic challenge to what we do. It’s a bit of
mystery when the alchemy of real light on real objects is transferred to the screen.”
—Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototyping
“LAIKA is making movies in a unique way. The studio itself is so beautiful, you feel like you’re in this factory of dreamers with everybody working meticulously on each small detail. I felt like I was in a different world when I stepped into LAIKA’s studio.”
—Zoe Saldana (Voice of Adelina)
“There is something about that handmade thing... there’s a soul there that most
CGI films can’t replicate.”
—Zach Galifianakis (Voice of Mr. Link/Susan )

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