LAIKA’s latest wonder, Kubo and the Two Strings, is a film for your senses and your soul.
Before the film, multiple short presentations were made from different Disney historians and experts. Of note was a presentation made by Becky Cline, the current director of the Walt Disney Archives, who talked about her upcoming book The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember. The book, which will be released on September 6, is a chronicle of Disney’s Burbank studio that Walt and Roy Disney built with the profits from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. If the book, which contains many previously unpublished photos of the studio lot, is anything like the pictures that were shown during her presentation (and I’m sure it is), it looks like a must-have for any serious Disney history fan.Also in attendance were Disney Legends Dave Smith, founder and retired head of the Walt Disney Archives, along with fan favorite Tony Baxter, retired Disney imagineer. Among his many contributions to Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney parks worldwide, Baxter is also the creator of another famous Disney dragon–Figment from Epcot park’s Imagination pavilion (or what remains of it; it’s currently a shell of its former self, but that’s another article for another blog). Baxter gave a brief presentation about Disney dragons and how the creation of Figment was influenced by the style and temperament of the dragon created by the Disney animators for The Reluctant Dragon.
The film itself is a fascinating snapshot into the early days of Disney animation at the Burbank studios. Hosted by the then-popular comedian Robert Benchley, the film takes a comedic and informative look at the different aspects in making an animated film (storyboards, voice, sounds, animation, ink and paint, etc.) as Mr. Benchley tries to pitch a story idea to Walt Disney himself. While all sets are recreations, all exterior shots of the studio lot are the real deal.
Many thanks to D23 for putting on this event. Here are some pics from last Saturday.
LAIKA’s latest animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings is now playing in U.S. theaters and we’re pretty stoked about it.
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Happy Father’s Day to all of the strong and inspiring Dads in your life from Kubo and the Two Strings!