Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. The same studio known for the feature films, Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.
Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato, Akihiro, and Kameyo. 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 and Beetle, 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 and the evil twin Sisters, to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
The movie features the voice talents of:
• Kubo – Art Parkinson (“Game of Thrones”)
• Monkey – Charlize Theron (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)
• Moon King – Ralph Fiennes (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2”)
• The Sisters – Rooney Mara (“The Social Network”)
• Hosato – George Takei (“Star Trek”)
• Akihiro – Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (“Hachi: A Dog’s Story”)
• Kameyo – Brenda Vaccaro (“Once Is Not Enough”)
• Beetle – Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”)
Directed by Travis Knight and written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”).
The 3D stop motion art and effects in this movie is really amazing! LAIKA has outdone themselves on this movie, from the story to the design. Kubo is visually stunning, with scenic environments that are very different from the previous feature films they have released. A lot of the movie takes place on landforms such as, snowy mountains, on and by the sea, waterfalls, rivers, bamboo forests, villages and graveyards.
Kubo and the Two Strings is set in a fantasy version of Japan’s past and the art style is very much inspired by the Feudal Era. I love the use of the shamisen as a magical weapon and that its power is paper art (origami) control. The shamisen is a three-stringed instrument, so I’m not sure where the “two strings” comes from in the movie title.
I like how they created the look of Beetle by using the actual characteristics of a beetle and merged it with the armor of a samurai. Monkey’s fur has an interesting look that kinda reminds me of a mop. The Twin Sisters are just creepy looking with those masks too.
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