Marking the directorial debut of LAIKA head Travis Knight, stop-motion/CG-animated hybrid feature is based on a story by Google Spotlight Stories animator Shannon Tindle.
Based on a story by Google Spotlight Stories animator Shannon Tindle, the Japanese folklore-inspired Kubo and the Two Strings Marks the directorial debut of animator and LAIKA head Travis Knight from a screenplay written by Marc Haimes and ParaNorman writer and co-director Chris Butler.
In the movie, clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living telling stories to the people of his seaside town, including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro). But Kubo’s 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 (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (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 (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Watch the clip showcasing Beetle's bravery and check out the new motion poster below:
Focus Features -- which has released all of LAIKA’s previous features -- Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls -- will release LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings nationwide on August 19, 2016. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film abroad.
Source: Focus Features