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.
Organa sent me a copy of Iris: The Happy Professor Volume 2 DVD for review on my dad blog. It’s a Muppet-like DVD for children ages three to seven. The DVD is educational and has a science theme. By science, I mean health science. For instance, the DVD featured material about the five senses, why we have to eat, and why we have to sleep. Iris: The Happy Professor Volume 2 is available now for $19.95.
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.
The kids and I saw a screening of The Muppets (Walt Disney Studios) on Saturday. It’s been years since I’ve seen the Muppets. In the case of my kids, they’ve never seen the Muppets before. This is probably the case for many children. With that in mind, the movie reintroduces the characters by showing clips of the old Muppets show at the beginning of the story. The film then spends the rest of the first half tracking down the main Muppet characters. Bottom line: the movie starts off slow, but finishes with a big bang. There’s lots of silliness and singing (Are You a Man or a Muppet? was one of my favorite songs). The film will most likely appeal to nostalgic parents who love the Muppets. The film opens in theaters on Wednesday, November 23rd. The 98-minute Muppets movie is rated PG for some mild rude humor.