For film lovers, there is always something fascinating about seeing things that were part of their favorite films. Two new exhibits, one temporary and the other permanent, have recently opened in Los Angeles, allowing fans to glimpse props that were part of some very popular motion pictures.
Earlier this year, Universal Studios (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City; $99-$110 adults, $93-$104 ages 3-9) presented “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” an interactive exhibit making a short return visit through Jan. 15. The exhibit, which celebrates LAIKA Animation Studio’s first decade of filmmaking, offers visitors an opportunity to see how LAIKA crafted its innovative movies. On display is a marvelous selection of original sets, puppets and other items from the award-winning films “Coraline” (2009), “ParaNorman” (2012) and “The Boxtrolls” (2014) as well as “Kubo and the Two Strings,” one of this year’s most acclaimed animated movies. Check universalstudioshollywood.com for details on park hours.
Harry Potter fans have been flocking to Universal to visit “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” which opened last year to great success. J.K. Rowling devotees will also want to know that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood (400 W. Riverside Dr. Burbank; www.wbstudiotour.com. $62. Ages 8 and older) recently opened “J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Exhibit.” This permanent addition to the studio tour provides guests will a cool, up-close look at costumes, prop pieces and other interesting artifacts from the Harry Potter movies, along with Rowling’s current hit “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.” Visitors even have the chance to be assigned to one of the four Hogwarts houses by the Sorting Hat.