In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.
I wish I could say that I’ve loved all of Laika studios’ output, but truth be told the only film that they’ve made that I consider to be something of a masterpiece is ParaNorman. Sure, Coraline was good fun, and The Boxtrolls was cute, albeit hollow, but so deep is my love for ParaNorman that I will see just about anything that Laika puts out because of the good will they fostered in me with that film. And now we have a trailer for their next movie: Kubo and the Two Strings. Regardless of whether the film blows me away, I can already tell that I’ll be spellbound by the animation. Man, this looks so very, very beautiful.
Kubo and the Two Strings comes out August 19, 2016.