Kubo and the Two Strings
in theaters tomorrow… August 19.
“LAIKA’s films are an imaginative fusion of old-school movie magic and cutting-edge technological innovation,” says Travis Knight, LAIKA’s President & CEO who makes his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings.
Set in a fantastical Japan, Kubo and the Two Strings follows the journey of clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson). He was born to be a story teller, 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 life 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 (voiced by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (voiced by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) and sets out on a thrilling quest to unlock the secret of his legacy.
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)…in the end he reunites his family and fulfills his heroic destiny.
Kubo and the Two Strings is an adventure from LAIKA Animation, the studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Corpse Bride. Spun with a darker edge, this movie is family friendly, but best suited for children who have already seen similar films. I’d lean more towards taking a tween than a younger elementary child. There are moments in the movie that are slightly scary, mainly the evil twin sisters, and intense battles. I didn’t notice any foul language, just the occasional mean insults like “stupid” and “idiot.” Overall, the story is brilliant and shows the importance of teamwork and courage.
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Kubo and the Two Strings arrives in theaters August 19th!
Disclosure: I was invited by LAIKA and Focus Features to attend the #KuboMovie press event in LA on 7/7-7/8. All opinions are my own.