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Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray Giveaway Winners

Hello, dads and moms. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a stress-free Black Friday. I did almost all my Black Friday shopping online. Sweet! I have one winner announcement today. But first, below are the current giveaways on my dad blog.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray Giveaway – 4 winners

Kubo and the Two Strings

The kids and I are excited about the upcoming release of Kubo and the Two Strings (review). We loved it when we saw the animated film earlier in the year. We can’t wait to see it again. It’s a really good movie. As I mentioned previously, I went on a set tour at Laika Studios and was very impressed. BTW, one of the people who worked on the special effects for the movie was at our Halloween party last month. Small world. And thanks to Laika Studios and Focus Features, I’m giving away four copies of the movie on my dad blog. Kubo and the Two Strings will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 22th. Continue reading to find out how to win this awesome movie.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings | Laika Studios

The kids and I saw an early screening of Kubo and the Two Strings on Monday. We loved it and think it’s Laika’s best film to date. The new stop-motion movie features more CGI than previous Laika movies. I also thought the film was more emotional than previous releases from Laika. Parts of the story were sad and reminded me a little of the opening story in Disney Pixar’s Up movie. The soundtrack was also excellent — during the sad scenes. Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika Studios and Focus Features) is out in theaters today. The 101-minute animated film is rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.

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A Set Visit to Kubo and the Two Strings at Laika Studios

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings, which will be released August 19th, is Laika Studios’ latest film. The movie is about a boy named Kubo. He has the power to bring origami characters to life through his storytelling. Kubo and the Two Strings, like Coraline, Paranorman, and The Boxtrolls, is a movie animated mostly through stop-motion techniques. Luckily for me, Laika Studios is located in the Portland area and I was fortunate enough to receive a behind the set tour of Kubo and the Two Strings.

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So that's how they made Norman in the ParaNorman movie

Making Norman video ~ ParaNorman, ~ LAIKA Studios

The kids and I can’t wait until ParaNorman [Facebook | Twitter] opens in theaters on August 17th. When it comes to ParaNorman, I’m a little bias for a couple of reasons. First, the 3D stop-motion animation was made in the Portland area. Unlike LA, a lot of films are not made in our city. The second reason I’m high on ParaNorman is because my daughter and I went on a tour at LAIKA Studios a few months ago, and we got a behind-the-scenes look at ParaNorman. BTW, LAIKA is also the animation studio that created Coraline.

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A behind-the-scenes look at ParaNorman – coming soon to a theater near you

ParaNorman 3D stop-motion animation film ~ LAIKA Studios

My oldest daughter and I were invited to a tour of LAIKA Studios about six weeks ago. LAIKA is the animation studio that created Coraline. LAIKA’s next movie is ParaNorman (Focus Features), which opens in theaters this summer (August 17th). My daughter and I got a behind-the-scenes tour for the production of ParaNorman [Facebook | Twitter]. All production on ParaNorman took place in a huge, 151,140-square foot building in Hillsboro, Oregon. A large space was needed because ParaNorman had a crew of over 320 designers, artists, animators and technicians. At any given time during the shoot, there were 52 separate shooting units.

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