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Film Review: Fulfilling Emotion & Sumptuous Animation Awaits in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

19 August 2016 3:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our short lives, what do we most need? It’s a hard question to answer sometimes, but the new animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” does a memorable job of answering the query. The journey of Kubo, like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” leads to a place where he needs to go.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

I don’t want to compare “Kubo” to anything else, although it was done by the same animation house (Laika Entertainment) that gave us “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” and succeeds by having a simple story akin to “Finding Dory.” But where it excels beyond all those examples is in a cumulative glory – it uses the simplicity of origami, Kabuki theater, the Samurai tradition and Japanese prints to establish a atmosphere that is sometimes stunning in its grace. While the character Kubo does have a typical good versus evil conundrum, the use of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: 'Kubo and the Two Strings' is a gorgeous and somber stop-motion fantasy

18 August 2016 6:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While I think all animation is a magic trick that remains just as impressive now as the first time I saw it as a child, there are certainly levels of difficulty, and stop-motion animation is a special kind of lunacy. I’ve visited enough stop-motion sets to be awed by the skill set it requires for someone to effectively bring a character to life using such a difficult and painstaking method. It is sincerely meant then as praise when I say that I can’t imagine the single-minded pursuit of vision it took to bring Kubo and the Two Strings to life, and Travis Knight is, indeed, a madman. Travis Knight is, like Megan Ellison, a rich kid doing something profoundly interesting with the position of privilege they found themselves in. Ellison has fascinating taste as a producer, and she’s become a sort of life raft for filmmakers who »

- Drew McWeeny

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Interview: Director Travis Knight Strums ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

17 August 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the great benefits of the new Golden Age of Animation has been the emergence of other studios…like Laika Entertainment, which has released “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” all nominated for Oscars. Travis Knight directs their latest stop-motion style animated film, “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Kubo” is rooted in Japanese samurai myth, but is a wholly new story. A baby loses an eye in a great battle, but his mother manages to save him. In exile, the two live near the ocean, and the baby grows to the boy Kubo, who supports his mother by going into the village with a magical string instrument. With it, he is able to conjure stories that use the style and look of paper folding origami. His magic is drawing attention, from both good and evil sorcery. Kubo ends up in a journey with a Monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Is A Stop-Motion Masterpiece

12 August 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Staggeringly beautiful and immensely true, the best animated film of 2016 — one of the year’s best films of any kind, really — is a stop-motion fable about a one-eyed boy in mythical Japan that was made by a team of gifted visionaries in an Oregon warehouse. Laika, the independent studio behind morbid enchantments like “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” has already established itself as a formidable bulwark against the ever-accelerating onslaught of computer-generated 3D cartoons, but “Kubo and the Two Strings” makes even the most painstaking of their previous movies feel like a trial run.

A Kurosawa-inspired epic about the supreme power of storytelling, Laika’s largest movie to date is also their most emotionally acute. It may not be as grim as “Coraline” (though some of its villains are the stuff of nightmares), or as pungent as “The Boxtrolls” (though a sequence involving freshly diced fish will make you crave a post-screening »

- David Ehrlich

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[Review] Kubo and the Two Strings

12 August 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While there’s a distinct novelty to all of their work — whether it’s based on books by Neil Gaiman or Alan Snow — Laika have returned to genuinely original material with their fourth animation. This time around, the company’s CEO and lead animator on their first trio of films, Travis Knight, makes his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings. Steeped in the mythology and fables of Japanese history, it’s another fantastical adventure from the studio with innovation and awe at every turn, despite a story that could benefit from having more specificity and focus.

The tale centers on Kubo (Art Parkinson), a young boy tending to his ailing mother and living near an ancient Japanese village. As the opening scene shows us, she wields magical powers that depleted in a fight and were partially transferred to her son. Years later, he spends his days earning attention »

- Jordan Raup

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Film Review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

12 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Kubo and the Two Strings,” a brave, one-eyed Japanese boy is faced with divergent paths to immortality: Either he can surrender his remaining eye to his supernatural grandfather, the greedy Moon King, in exchange for eternal life, or he can stand up to the magical old-timer in a manner so courageous that his story will become the stuff of legend, never to be forgotten.

Kubo, who hides his eye patch behind long black bangs, chooses the latter option, of course, which makes perfect sense for the hero of the latest stop-motion marvel from Laika, the formula-averse animation studio responsible for such breathtakingly detailed movies as “Coraline” and “ParaNorman.” Expanding upon the charms of those director-driven projects, “Kubo” offers another ominous mission for a lucky young misfit, this one a dark, yet thrilling adventure quest that stands as the crowning achievement in Laika’s already impressive oeuvre — though its Asian setting, »

- Peter Debruge

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Explore the Myth of Kubo & Creatures of Darkness with New Featurettes

1 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The epic action-adventure, Kubo and the Two Strings, set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. The film is directed by Travis Knight and was written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler from a story by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes. Now you can explore the lineage of the film’s villain as they come to life in the all-new featurette found below. You can also discover the myth of Kubo with a second featurette featuring commentary from director Travis Knight, actors Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, and more!

The story follows 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), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which »

- Mike Tyrkus

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Kubo And The Two Strings: All-New Motion Poster

15 July 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Prepare for Kubo’s epic quest with an all-new motion poster.

Take a sneak peek at the magical adventure by watching a recently released clip that showcases the bravery of Beetle, voiced by Matthew McConaughey.

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. 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), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee 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 (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save »

- Melissa Howland

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Trailer Trashin’: Stop-Motion Magic in the New Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

14 July 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Long time, no see, dear readers. But I’m back, and just in time for the release of the new Ghostbusters. This week’s Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at the new trailer for Laika’s upcoming animated film Kubo and the Two Strings.

Premise: Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voice of Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. 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 (voice of Charlize Theron) and Beetle (voice of Matthew McConaughey) and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his late father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical »

- Timothy Monforton

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Kubo And The Two Strings Latest Trailer Showcases The Wonder Of A Child’s Imagination Gone Wild

6 July 2016 8:21 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Though animated (and more generally, children’s) films now get into theaters with great regularity, few of them manage the kind of pure wonder headed your way on August 19th.

Kubo and the Two Strings has already shown us several trailers, and while this one is something of a “teaser summary commercial” as opposed to something that shows off a lot that is actually new, I can’t get enough of this film, so I’ll take it.

Though, as I said, this one doesn’t give you a lot that you didn’t catch in the previous trailers, it does wrap up the combination of styles and thematic points.

It’s a story that finds nothing too bizarre, or downright nonsensical, with a hero who is a little bit of everything, and, in a world of immense dangers… rather wee.

Though there is much that makes this film worthy of recommendation (the voice cast, »

- Marc Eastman

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Kubo and the Two Strings final poster revealed

10 May 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Check out the final poster for Laika Studios' Kubo and the Two Strings, in theaters this August!

Focus Features has released the final poster for Laika Studios' Kubo and the Two Strings, an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. In the film, 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 (Academy Award nominee 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 (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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Laika’s ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Gets a Fantastical Final Trailer

29 April 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In terms of Hollywood animation, no studio comes close to the level of detail and texture found in the films of Laika. Perhaps it has to do with their foundation of stop-motion animation compared to the reliance of CG from the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks, but with every film they’ve delivered something different, and beautiful. After the wonderful trio of Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, the animation company is back with Kubo and the Two Strings, this time CEO Travis Knight helming solely.

Coming from an original script by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman) the stop-motion/CGI hybrid (like their last work) is described as a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan. With a voice cast featuring Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro, the final trailer has now arrived, along with a set of beautiful posters. »

- Jordan Raup

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Magical New Trailer For Kubo And The Two Strings Makes Its Bow

10 March 2016 11:25 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Gods and monsters await in the magical new trailer for Kubo and the Two StringsTravis Knight’s hotly-anticipated animation that is arriving by way of Laika and Focus Features.

As the studio behind such instant animated classics as Coraline and ParaNorman, there’s a crackle of excitement going into the release of Kubo, particularly considering that the feature acts as Knight’s directorial debut. He’ll be flanked by Laika alum Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, who penned the script for this summer’s swashbuckling epic.

Centering on the magical journey of the title hero (played by Game of Thrones actor Art Parkinson), Kubo and the Two Strings opens with our kindhearted and humble protagonist caring for an ageing mother. But when he inadvertently summons an ancient spirit from the past, he recruits a crack team of adventurers, including Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).

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- Michael Briers

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A Magical Adventure Begins in New Trailer For Laika’s ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

10 March 2016 8:43 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the CGI-heavy studio animations can start to feel similar, leave it to Laika, whose foundation is stop-motion animation, to deliver something different, and beautiful. After the wonderful trio of Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, they’ll release their latest film this summer and today brings a new trailer.

The animation company is back with Kubo and the Two Strings, this time CEO Travis Knight helming solely. Coming from an original script by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman) the stop-motion/CGI hybrid (like their last work) is described as a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan. With a voice cast featuring Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro, check out the new trailer below.

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of »

- Jordan Raup

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'Kubo and the Two Strings' Trailer #3 Introduces a New Kind of Hero

10 March 2016 7:31 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. 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 (Academy Award nominee 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 (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner 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, »

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Movie Review – The Scopia Effect (2014)

7 February 2016 3:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Scopia Effect, 2014.

Written and Directed by Christopher Butler.

Starring Joanna Ignaczewski, Akira Koieyama, Julian Seager, Louis Labovitch, and Jessica Jay.

Synopsis:

Past life regression therapy unlocks the dark recesses of a young girl’s mind. As time periods collide and incarnations merge through a single entity. Basia (Joanna Ignaczewski) must find a way to fight the darkness before she is consumed completely.

What The Scopia Effect does with style and economy is condense a sprawling narrative, broad canvas and huge undertaking into an arthouse overcoat. Big on atmospherics and precise framing, Chris Butler has created a claustrophobic mood piece. Which is carefully balanced by a number of essential factors.

In Joanna Ignaczewski he has found the singular component upon which his enterprise hinges. Her portrayal of Basia is at once modulated and calculating without foregoing that emotional core. Whether naked in dream sequences or reacting to empty space, Ignaczewski »

- Amie Cranswick

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Follow Kubo and the Two Strings on their Epic Quest in New Trailer and Character Posters

28 January 2016 1:03 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Kubo and his friends are embarking on a quest to save the people of their town as they try to solve the mystery of a fallen spirit from his past. Their brave journey is captured in the new trailer and character posters for the upcoming animated film, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’ Focus Features unveiled the trailer and posters, as it prepares to distribute the new movie from animation studio Laika nationwide on August 19. Travis Knight made his feature film directorial debut on ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ which was written by ‘ParaNormal’ scribes Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. The following synopsis for the epic action-adventure film has been  [ Read More ]

The post Follow Kubo and the Two Strings on their Epic Quest in New Trailer and Character Posters appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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'Kubo and the Two Strings' Trailer #2: Prepare for an Epic Journey

27 January 2016 5:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The innovative artists at Laika have revolutionized the stop motion animation industry with their critically-acclaimed hits Coraline, ParaNorman and last year's The Boxtrolls. Last month, we showed you the first trailer for their next project, Kubo and the Two Strings, set to hit theaters on October 19, but today we have a new full-length trailer with even more footage. If that wasn't enough, Focus Feaatures has debuted three new character posters, featuring Kubo (Art Parkinson), Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. 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), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kamekichi (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons »

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A Great Journey Is Afoot In New Trailer For Kubo And The Two Strings

27 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes are all headed to the Land of the Rising Sun in today’s new trailer for Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman) and Focus Features’ much-anticipated animation, Kubo and the Two Strings.

Orchestrating the sprawling adventure from behind the lens is Travis Knight, the head honcho of Laika who is poised to make his directorial debut. Lifted from a pitch by ParaNorman scribes Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, Kubo and the Two Strings is billed as a swashbuckling adventure situated in ancient Japan.

Game of Thrones alum Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark) leads the charge as the titular Kubo, a brash and wide-eyed adventurer who provokes the curse of a malevolent spirit. Keen to banish any evil from his hometown of Hosato and its surrounding lands, Parkinson’s hero sets out to topple gods and monsters alike, including Ralph Fiennes’ formidable Moon King.

Rounding out »

- Michael Briers

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Full Trailer: Laika's "Kubo & The Two Strings"

27 January 2016 8:27 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following on from their previous collaborations on "Coraline," "ParaNorman" and "The Boxtrolls," Laika and Focus Features have premiered the full trailer for their upcoming fourth animateed feature together - "Kubo and the Two Strings" which opens August 19th.

Laika head Travis Knight makes his feature directorial debut on the film from a script by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler ("ParaNorman"). The swashbuckling adventure is set in mythical ancient Japan with a cast that includes Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Scruffy, kindhearted Kubo has a humble living devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. That is until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, his chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father - the greatest samurai ever. »

- Garth Franklin

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