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Kubo and the Two Strings Hitting Digital HD 11/8 and Blu-ray 11/22‏

22 September 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Kubo and the Two Strings is on its way to your home, and you’re going to want to mark your calendar.

The film impressed audiences, and sits at an 84 on metacritic, and 97% fresh at RottenTomatoes. The consensus has been that the film is such a wonderfully magical tale, and so beautifully put together, that it can’t really get too much attention.

This is definitely one to own, but if the movie weren’t enough, the release is loaded with special features, including several behind-the-scenes featurettes that explore the bizarre and fascinating world of putting together a stop-motion film.

Catch all the info below, and be sure to snag this one as soon as you can.

A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Laika’s newest film, Kubo and the Two Strings. The latest masterpiece from »

- Marc Eastman

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Kubo And The Two Strings Arrives on Digital HD Nov. 8th and Blu-ray, 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand Nov. 22nd

21 September 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Laika’s newest film, Kubo And The Two Strings  The latest masterpiece from the animation studio behind the Academy Award®-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls comes to Digital HD on November 8, 2016 and Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 22, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as “an exquisite, beautiful film,” (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood) Kubo and the Two Strings has captivated audiences of all ages, earning an extraordinary 97% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best-reviewed films of the year!

From acclaimed animation studio Laika comes an all-new epic adventure starring the voice talents of Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar). Young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) mesmerizes the »

- Tom Stockman

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Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show Announces First Wave of Titles, Guests; All Going Down This October!!

12 September 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show (running October 14-16) has quickly become one of the year’s most loved film festivals, and it seems like that tradition is set to continue, with the announcement of this year’s first wave of films and guests. Films like Richard Bates, Jr.’s festival darling Trash Fire, the Awesome Another Evil (review) and many more (we’re stoked to hear what you fright fanatics think of Jill Gevargizian’s The Stylist, a short film we’re all absolutely in love with), this year already kicks ass and it’s just the first wave being announced. Read on for more info!

Special Guest

Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale, a native of East Texas, is the acclaimed author of over forty novels, three hundred short pieces of fiction and non-fiction, plays, poetry, screenplays, and graphic novels. Film adaptations of Lansdale’s work include the cult »

- Jerry Smith

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Kubo and the Two Strings review – lyrical stop-motion tale

11 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A Japanese boy summons vengeful spirits from his past in a seductive film that explores some big ideas

Even in a strong year for animation, this latest stop-motion picture from Laika (The Boxtrolls, Coraline) stands out for its complexity, seductively dark themes and the extraordinary beauty of its animation. This, the feature debut of Laika CEO Travis Knight, a seasoned animator and producer, succeeds on every level.

The story of Kubo (Art Parkinson), a boy with supernatural gifts who inadvertently summons vengeful spirits from his past, is set in a feudal Japan infused with enchantment. Kubo supports his ailing mother as a storyteller, his tales illustrated with bewitched origami figures that dance and act out the narratives he accompanies on a three-stringed lute. There is a lyrical quality to the writing, which is a refreshing alternative to the slapdash slang assault of many family films. One day Kubo ignores his »

- Wendy Ide

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Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Kurosawa, Miyazaki and more

8 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 9, 2016

Laika co-founder, animator and director Travis Knight talks to us about Kubo And The Two Strings and its love letter to Japanese culture...

For over a decade, Oregon-based studio Laika has honed its own unique kind of animation. Mixing traditional stop motion techniques with 3D printing and CGI, Laika has produced such captivating movies as Coraline, Paranorman and this year’s Kubo And The Two Strings. The indescribably busy studio co-founder, lead animator, producer and now director Travis Knight describes Laika’s hybrid approach as “Cavemen side by side with astronauts”; whether a scene is brought to life with puppets, CGI or a hybrid of both, his films have a foot in both the past and the future.

Kubo And The Two Strings, Laika’s most ambitious film to date, also has one foot in the far east. Set in Heian-era Japan, it’s Knight’s love »

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Exclusive: Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight on his cast, his influences and what’s next…

8 September 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Travis Knight cut his animator’s teeth on the likes of Laika’s Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, as well as producing the latter two. Kubo and the Two Strings is his directorial debut, and it may just be the biggest, and most important film in the studio’s history. We adored the film, and it was a […]

The post Exclusive: Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight on his cast, his influences and what’s next… appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Scott Davis

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The 27 greatest stop motion movies of all time

8 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Sep 16, 2016

With Kubo & The Two Strings now playing, we salute some of our favourite stop motion animated movies...

With Laika's visually sumptuous and breathtaking stop motion masterpiece Kubo And The Two Strings dazzling audiences throughout the country, what better time to celebrate this singular and remarkable art form?

The effect is created when an on-screen character or object is carefully manipulated one frame at a time, leading to an illusion of movement during playback - and such fiendishly intricate work, which takes years of dedication, deserves to be honoured. Here are the greatest examples of stop motion movie mastery.

The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898)

What defines the elusive appeal of stop motion? Surely a great deal of it is down to the blend of the recognisable and the uncanny: an simulation of recognisably human movement that still has a touch of the fantastical about it. These contradictions were put »

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Movie Review – Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

6 September 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kubo and the Two Strings, 2016.

Directed by Travis Knight.

Featuring the voice talents of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Ralph Fiennes.

Synopsis:

Living with his mother in peace, Kubo’s life is changed when he is tasked with finding the sword unbreakable, armor and helmet to defeat his sinister aunts and destructive grandfather. To assist, a monkey and beetle are on hand to help him.

There is something deeply poetic at the heart of Kubo and the Two Strings. Expertly, the themes of family, creativity and grief fold neatly together, akin to the origami creations that our hero, Kubo, is an expert in. Kubo and the Two Strings holds the intimacy of a Ghibli movie combined with the mesmerising textured Laika Studio stop-motion technique. Made by the creators of Coraline and The Boxtrolls, this is another hit for a studio that is forging a new path in animation. »

- Simon Columb

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Kubo And The Two Strings review

30 August 2016 6:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Friday, September 2, 2016 - 07:07

When writing about stop motion animated movies, it’s probably customary to bash out a few words about the way CGI has pushed older techniques to the fringes; how the hand-crafted aesthetics of stop-motion no longer seem to reach mass audiences in the way enjoyed by movies like Finding Dory, Minions or Zootropolis, with all their colour and digital slickness.

What’s interesting about animation studio Laika, however, is that it doesn’t stick slavishly to the traditions of stop motion filmmaking. In movies like Coraline, Paranorman and Box Trolls, it’s continually used cutting-edge technology like 3D printing and, yes, CGI to bring its stories to life. This is particularly true in Kubo And The Two Strings, an effervescent action fantasy which reads like an unexpectedly eccentric fusion of Alice In Wonderland and Japanese chanbara movie.

Here, CGI waves splash onto »

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Rose McGowan Describes the ‘Incredible’ Movie ‘Monkeybone’ Could Have Been, Calls Out Fox for Firing Director

28 August 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you haven’t thought of “Monkeybone” in a while, allow Rose McGowan to refresh your memory — and reveal the movie it could have been. The actress, who co-starred in the fantastical 2001 comedy alongside Brendan Fraser and a slew others, took to Instagram to describe how the critical and financial failure could have been something else entirely had its original director not been fired.

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“The movie would’ve been incredible (at least the underworld part) if the men at 20th Century Fox (the suits) hadn’t fired the director, a true artist, Henry Selick 1/2 the way through filming,” she says, calling his dismissal a “profoundly stupid move.” She notes that Selick had already directed “James and the Giant Peach” and later went on to make “Coraline,” both of which she calls “tremendous pieces of work. »

- Michael Nordine

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Why did the ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ visionary leave the ‘Kubo’ animation studio?

25 August 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kubo and the Two Strings hit theaters this past weekend to ecstatic praise from critics and audiences alike, giving the many artists in Kubo’s closing credits cause to celebrate. But there is one notable filmmaker whom close watchers of the animation world will notice is not in those closing credits: Henry Selick. The celebrated animation director (known for The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach) helmed Coraline, the first feature from Kubo stop-motion studio Laika. That film put the unique company on the map. After Coraline’s success, Selick was expected to work on more Laika films, but he departed the Oregon-based studio about half a year after the movie’s release. According to a 2009 Variety report, the filmmaker moved on after his contract expired, as no new project emerged at Laika. A rep for Selick confirmed this account to HitFix. (Now the days of Laika »

- Emily Rome

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Why There Will Never Be a Coraline, Kubo or ParaNorman Sequel

23 August 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend, the Portland-based stop motion company Laika debuted its fourth feature film, Kubo and the Two Strings, which opened in fourth place with $13.6 million. That tally is roughly on par with the company's first three films, Coraline ($16.8 million opening, $75.2 million domestic), ParaNorman ($14 million debut, $56 million domestic) and The Boxtrolls ($17.2 million first weekend, $50.8 million domestic). While these movies may not be box office hits, they have all been critical darlings, but don't expect the studio to turn their critical hits into sequels.

Laika was co-founded by Travis Knight, the son of Nike founder Phil Knight, who served as an animator and producer on the studio's first three films, before transitioning to direct Kubo and the Two Strings. While promoting Kubo, Travis Knight took part in an in-depth conversation about filmmaking in Los Angeles with filmmaker and historian John Canemaker, where he revealed that his studio will never make a sequel. »

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Laika CEO Explains Why He Takes “A Firm Stand Against Sequels”

22 August 2016 7:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This past weekend, indie animation house Laika — the team behind “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and “The Boxtrolls” — released their latest effort, “Kubo And The Two Strings.” And while critically adored, the picture didn’t quite resonate the same way with audiences, with the film opening to very soft numbers. Box office aside, Laika has pursued a […]

The post Laika CEO Explains Why He Takes “A Firm Stand Against Sequels” appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Comic Book Review – Superzero Vol. 1: The Beginning

22 August 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tai Freligh reviews Superzero Volume 1: The Beginning…

Collecting the first six issues of the hit series Superzero, from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Rafael De Latorre. Meet Dru Dragowski, a nineteen-year-old comic book fan who yearns to escape the normalcy of teenage life. Dreaming to become a real-life superhero for as long as she can remember, Dru recreates the origins of her favorite superheroes in the hope that she too, can become a hero herself.

Superzero is one of four startup titles from publishing startup AfterShock Comics, a company founded by Mike Marts (former executive editor at Marvel) and Joe Pruett (Caliber Comics), which launched last December with a mish-mash of titles, including one about vampires and another about the Tuskegee Airmen.  Aftershock has brought on board a deep bench of writers, including Neil Gaiman (Coraline,Sandman, Stardust), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Deadpool, X-Files), Garth Ennis (Preacher, Punisher, Spider-Man) and Paul Jenkins (Inhumans, »

- Tai Freligh

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Travis Knight Explains ‘Absurd’ Decision to Make Stop-Motion Epic ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

21 August 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Travis Knight may be following in the footsteps of people like Pixar’s John Lasseter, Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and, way back when, Walt Disney himself. The CEO of Laika animation is also a filmmaker for his company – and Knight’s directorial debut, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” opened on Friday and is basking in the largest amount of praise for any Laika movie since the company’s first, “Coraline,” in 2009. Knight, the son of Laika owner Phil Knight, has been working in animation since he joined Laika’s predecessor, Will Vinton Studios, as an intern. (Before he devoted full-time to animation, »

- Steve Pond

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Exclusive Interview: Art Parkinson Talks Kubo And The Two Strings

21 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We’ve all been impressed with Laika Animation’s stop-motion technique, from Coraline to Paranorman, their films have dazzled us all, but the studio’s latest effort, Kubo and the Two Strings, is their most ambitious and beautiful film to date, a lush feast for the eyes coupled with a story that’s rich with culture. Not only that, but it also marks the directorial debut of Laika’s CEO, Travis Knight, and it’s clear this is a project that’s very close to his heart.

Kubo tells the story of a young Japanese boy (Art Parkinson) who takes care of his invalid mother in a cave above the sea. Every day, he goes into the local village and delights the denizens by telling elaborate stories about his late father, a great Samurai warrior, using paper origami figures and his magical musical instrument.

It’s not long though before »

- Kit Bowen

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Exclusive Interview: Travis Knight Talks Kubo And The Two Strings

20 August 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We’ve all been impressed with Laika Animation’s stop-motion technique, from Coraline to Paranorman, their films have dazzled us all, but the studio’s latest effort, Kubo and the Two Strings, is their most ambitious and beautiful film to date, a lush feast for the eyes coupled with a story that’s rich with culture. Not only that, but it also marks the directorial debut of Laika’s CEO, Travis Knight, and it’s clear this is a project that’s very close to his heart.

Kubo tells the story of a young Japanese boy who takes care of his invalid mother in a cave above the sea. Every day, he goes into the local village and delights the denizens by telling elaborate stories about his late father, a great Samurai warrior, using paper origami figures and his magical musical instrument.

It’s not long though before he’s confronted with his mysterious past, »

- Kit Bowen

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Kubo And The Two Strings Review

19 August 2016 7:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Laika Entertainment emerged on the scene in 2009 with Coraline, moviegoers and critics had no clue what to expect. Specializing in stop-motion, the studio seemed to grasp the medium like few before it truly had, leveraging its surreal yet tangible style to craft stories like no one else in the industry. However, that film was also bolstered by the involvement of The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick and the Neil Gaiman source material. The financial and critical success of Coraline could just as easily been a one-off fluke, a case in which the upstart studio got lucky with its first feature.

Yet, in the years since Coraline, Laika has maintained a high standard for stop-motion animated films, following its debut with Paranorman and The Boxtrolls in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Both films performed modestly at the box office but received similar critical acclaim and awards recognition as their predecessor. Now Laika »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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Support Hand-Made Films - Go See Laika's 'Kubo and the Two Strings'

19 August 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Be bold. Be brave. Be epic." That's one of the taglines for this movie, but it could also easily be the motto of Laika, the animation studio that created this excellent animated adventure. Kubo and the Two Strings is now playing in theaters and it's a must see. Please, go see this movie in theaters while you can, and enjoy the heck out of it. Please go see it because stop-motion animation needs all the love and support it can get nowadays, especially in the form of tickets purchased to see this beautiful work of art in theaters. It's all hand-made, animated and painted and created by hand (in Portland, Oregon), and it's wonderful. I really can't recommend it enough and I'm very happy to go out of my way to write an entire post about seeing this. Kubo and the Two Strings is only Laika's fourth film, following The Boxtrolls, »

- Alex Billington

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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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