In 2009 a new stop-motion movie called Coraline appeared in some theaters, and as it was from a brand-new animation company located in my home town, I had to go support it with a ticket. For the very first movie created by a studio founded by a shoe company, the thing turned out to be very good. It made a respectable haul, too, putting Laika on the map and allowing them to continue to make stop-motion films for the next decade or so.
In 2009 I took a trip to the mall to support a film that just came out called Coraline. It was from a new animation studio — and a local one — called Laika, and I wanted to support them so they would survive. Fortunately, the film itself turned out to be pretty good, and it set the foundation for 15 years of stop-motion animated features like The Boxtrolls, Missing Link, and the criminally underrated Kubo and the Two Strings. Not all of them have been box office breadwinners, but none have been critical duds.