Set for release on Aug. 19, Laika Studios' (ParaNorman, Coraline, The Boxtrolls) Kubo and the Two Strings is a mystical, stop-motion samurai saga that may steal some serious box-office thunder. From the magical trailers, character posters, stunning concept art and our official set report and interviews from their Portland production headquarters, Kubo seems like the perfect antidote for fans suffering from comic book superhero movie fatigue. Laika founder Travis Knight directed the ambitious project and calls it "unique and original."
Here's the official synopsis:
An epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). 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 (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), 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 (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Check out this new featurette titled "The Myth of Kubo," detailing the painstaking process and challenges overcome to fabricate the figures, construct the detailed sets and convincingly capture the epic fantasy adventure in a stop-motion medium.