we are a pioneering animation studio with a rich 35-year history of making anything move.

Our Portland creative team is globally known for our ability to develop characters in narrative environments for iconic brands like M&M’S, Supercell’s Boom Beach, Planters, Apple, ESPN, Target and Honey Nut Cheerios. We have collaborated with advertising agencies Barton F. Graf, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Wieden+Kennedy, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, Leo Burnett and BBDO (and many others...) on hundreds of spots – many of which earned big awards and are part of advertising lore.

“Animation isn’t just a storytelling medium – it’s our life force and our passion.”
- Lourri Hammack

History Lesson

HouseSpecial is helmed by long-standing industry leaders Lourri Hammack (President.EP), Kirk Kelley (CCO) and Alvaro Cubillas (COO). The bonding mission of this guiding trio and of our in-house directors, producers, artists and makers is to push strong creative through all the phases of production all under one roof – from initial design to preproduction to animation to creative editorial and finally to Flame finish.  

Until July 2014, HouseSpecial was known as LAIKA/house. Our House was built on a long and illustrious history rooted in Will Vinton Studios (The PJs, The California Raisins, Dominos ‘Noid). In 2003, Will Vinton Studios changed hands and was acquired by Phil Knight (Nike founder) and re-branded as LAIKA in 2005. LAIKA/house was the iconic commercial arm of LAIKA through 2014 until we spun off (with LAIKA’s blessing) to create our independent studio. 

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In the news

HouseSpecial signs Mike Orsini for East Coast representation

Animation studio HouseSpecial has signed Mike Orsini’s No Relation for representation on the East Coast. A sales rep with Uncle Lefty since 2012, Mike created the No Relation imprint under Uncle Lefty’s banner in 2017 to expand his roster of directors, artists, designers, food specialists, digital creators and technologists.

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Our studio was featured in The Creators Project on VICE.  - May 2016
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 September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017