LAIKA – LAJKA
On the edge of a Russian town, the bitch Laika has a hard life. Held captive and trained as a pioneer dog astronaut, she now finds herself in space, followed by a large number of animals launched from Baikonur and Houston. They roam in space until they find a planet, which they enthusiastically populate. But living the good life is spoilt by the appearance of the first human.
Dogs are returning to occupy centre-stage, whether in live action or animated films, such as Wes Anderson’s most recent film Isle of Dogs. Nonetheless, Laika takes things a few steps further by adding elements of punk opera, spiced with reflections on capitalism and communism.
Country: Czech Republic
Version: in Czech, subtitled in French
Cast & Credits
Director: Aurel Klimt
Producers: Studio Zvon, Aurel Klimt
Scenario: Aurel Klimt
Animation: Jan Stencl, Olivic Dolanski
Technique: puppet animation, vfx
Music: Marek Douvrava
Voices: Helena Dvořáková, Karel Zima, Jan Vondráček