I use magic to tell stories.

Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.

If you read this website frequently, then you already know the drill with me when it comes to new trailers from Laika Studios. Step one: gush about how gorgeous it looks. And man, Kubo and the Two Strings certainly looks gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever seen stop-motion animation look quite this breathtaking. Step two: see the movie. Step three: compare it to ParaNorman. ParaNorman is still the gold standard for me when it comes not only to Laika movies, not only to stop-motion animated movies, but when it comes to animated movies as a whole. Laika so perfectly nailed it with ParaNorman that I haven’t been anywhere near as impressed with an animated movie since then. But Kubo and the Two Strings is showing a lot of potential. If only it wasn’t such a long wait until its release!

Kubo and the Two Strings comes out August 19, 2016.

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