The star of LAIKA’s BAFTA and VES Award-winning stop-motion/CG-animated feature travels to the Middle Kingdom for a special visit to the 15th Century Chinese imperial palace.
Following the film’s release in China by distributor China Infotainment, Kubo -- the titular star of LAIKA’s BAFTA and VES Award-winning stop-motion/CG-animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings -- recently paid a visit to the famed Forbidden City in Beijing.
Kubo and director and producer (and LAIKA chief) Travis Knight traveled to the Middle Kingdom for this special visit to the 15th Century Chinese imperial palace, where the pair learned about the history, engineering and artistry of the palace complex, as well as the restoration efforts underway to help preserve the spectacular landmark structure and its environs.
“It’s been a long-held aspiration to bring LAIKA films to China,” Knight remarked in a statement just prior to the film’s launch in that country. “Kubo and the Two Strings is our studio’s most ambitious and personal film, a wholehearted labor of love combining a grand, sweeping story with poignant intimacy. Brought to life using LAIKA’s groundbreaking production process, blending world-class artistry and craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, Kubo is a cinematic experience unlike any other. I am enormously proud of this film. We’re very honored and excited to partner with [China] Infotainment to introduce ourselves to the Chinese audience.”
Check out AWN’s exclusive gallery of seriously adorable images from the outing, including glimpses of Kubo as he mischievously attempts to insert himself into the exhibit as an ancient artifact!