My kids and I are excited about Laika Studios’ latest stop motion film, Kubo and the Two Strings. The animated movie is about a boy with the power to bring origami characters to life through his storytelling. I visited the Kubo set a couple of months ago and I was impressed with all the details of the film. I think the new movie is going to be a big hit. Kubo and the Two Strings opens nationwide August 19, 2016.
Kubo’s quest stretches far and wide through the mystical realm of the Vastlands. With his protectors Monkey and Beetle by his side, Kubo unlocks more of his powers at every challenge, racing toward an epic clash with the dark side of his magical family. Check out the YouTube interactive map of Kubo’s journey below. The mind-boggling map will give people an emotional investment into Kubo’s quest before walking into the theater.
Kubo and the Two Strings Synopsis
From animation studio LAIKA, makers of the Academy Award-nominated Coraline, comes an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. 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), Akihiro (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.