LAIKA animation specializes in making some extremely magical, gorgeous films and after movies like Moongirl, Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, the studio has become one of the most interesting in Hollywood right now, animation or otherwise. With this year’s Kubo and the Two Strings though, it looks like they’re about to take their skills into an entirely new league of quality.
Following the kind of young, curious hero that the studio has had quite some experience with in their stories, Kubo and the Two Strings is a twist on the kind of ancient samurai story that audiences have become familiar with throughout the years, as a young boy named Kubo, must venture through an ancient Japan to try and stop an evil spirit that he accidentally summoned.
Focus Features released a new official theatrical trailer for the film earlier today as well, giving us our first look at some of the characters talking and teasing the incredible voice cast that has been assembled for the film including Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, George Takei, Ralph Fiennes, and Art Parkinson.
Check out the official trailer below:
In addition to the trailer, People also premiered some new images from the film, along with the release of several new character posters highlighting Matthew McConaughey’s Beetle, Charlize Theron’s Monkey, and Parkinson’s Kubo:
Using their usual stop-motion meets CGI visual style to good use here, Kubo looks like not only LAIKA’s most visually breathtaking film to date, but also their most ambitious in terms of its story alone. I’ve only seen two trailers for the film and already, it seems like a kind of mythical, bedtime story fable that I haven’t seen onscreen before, or if I have, never quite like this.
Frankly, after taking into account the ambitious story, the studio’s past track record, and the outstanding voice cast they’ve assembled, if Kubo and the Two Strings isn’t one of your most anticipated films of this year, then I genuinely think you’re missing out.
Kubo and the Two Strings is set to hit theatres on August 19th.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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