I’m getting the distinct impression that you guys are not as excited for Kubo and the Two Strings as I am, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why not. With their previous releases – ParaNorman, Coraline and The Boxtrolls – stop-motion animation specialist studio Laika has been batting .100 by my score, and their latest effort appears to be their most ambitious undertaking yet.
Combining their incredible signature aesthetic with Eastern mythology and putting their own original spin on the whole shebang, Kubo looks to unlike anything else releasing this year. And it has that killer cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”! How can you not be getting hyped, especially after watching this new trailer that just dropped?!
In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.
And in case you were wondering how Laika produces those incredible stop-motion visuals, this great behind-the-scenes video has now also popped up online.
Kubo and the Two Strings boasts the voice talents of Art Parkinson, Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and George Takei. It is scheduled for release on August 19, 2016.
Last Updated: July 7, 2016