Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato, Akihiro and Kameyo. 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 and Beetle, 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 and the evil twin Sisters to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.
As always, I’m excited to see what new stop-motion beauty Laika Films puts out, but damn, this trailer knocked my socks off. For starters, there’s the awesome cover of George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps that’s being used for the score – major points there already. But on top of that, the animation is positively stunning! I love those little origami figures coming to life! This is all too pretty for words, and it looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Can I buy tickets yet? I’m going to go check.
Kubo and the Two Strings comes out August 19, 2016.