The animation wizards at Laika have already churned out an impressive collection of films, from Coraline to Paranorman to 2014′s The Boxtrolls. But the studio’s next effort is their most ambitious yet, combining the intricate stop-motion technique that has become the studio’s trademark with digital effects, practical effects and even traditional 2D animation. Kubo and the Two Strings is a massive, sprawling adventure, the scope of which has never been attempted before in this particular medium, and looks poised to continue Laika’s trend of raising the bar.
With the film’s release just over a month from now, Focus Features has opted to deliver one final trailer in an effort to showcase the spectacular visuals from Kubo and the Two Strings, not to mention some of the humor. See for yourself below.
I remember sitting in Hall H during Comic-Con 2014 and marveling at the level of detail in the stop-motion puppets used to build The Boxtrolls, but those pale in comparison to what we’re seeing here. Blending the latest technology with such a time-honored animation style gives the film an incredibly unique vibe, and everything here looks stunningly beautiful. Kubo has been one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I can’t wait to see what sort of thrilling journey Laika will take us on next.
Clocking in at barely more than one minute, the trailer only has time to lay out the bare bones of the story, but if you need more detail you can check out this official synopsis:
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), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (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 (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 (Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Kubo and the Two Strings will open in theaters everywhere on August 19.
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