“Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.”
Check out this cool featurette, too:
This is LAIKA’s fourth animated feature (after Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Box Trolls). Travis Knight, LAIKA’s president, CEO, and director of Kubo and the Two Strings, said that LAIKA films “are an imaginative fusion of old-school movie magic and cutting-edge technological innovation.” And we at Animation Fascination agree. Marc Vibbert, our fearless editor-in-chief, has seen Kubo and said that the film is “beautiful” with “magnificent cinematography,” and that it’s “possibly LAIKA’s best film to date” (although ParaNorman still is his sentimental favorite).
As LAIKA’s parting gift to us, here are some cool character posters from the film. Enjoy (and go see the movie).