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12 items from 2016


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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Latest Trailer For Kubo And The Two Strings Tees Up An Epic Adventure

28 April 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Laika, the stop-animation maestros behind such visual treats as Coraline and the ghastly ParaNorman, return later in 2016 with Kubo and the Two Strings, and today brings forth the third and likely final trailer for Travis Knight’s mythic adventure.

Thrusting Game of Thrones actor Art Parkinson into the title role, Knight – who is making his directorial debut with Kubo – has brought together a who’s who of A-listers to join Parkinson in the voice booth, making for a casting docket that comprises Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Art Parkinson, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Brenda Vaccaro

Looking after an ailing mother, Kubo and the Two Strings opens at a time when our wholesome and good-natured hero accidentally summons an ancient deity hellbent on raining down chaos on the land he calls home. And so, in a bid to prevent said destruction and save his family, Kubo enlists a team of adventurers »

- Michael Briers

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Trailer Teases Mystical Journey

10 March 2016 1:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Laika and Focus Features have released a magical second trailer for their stop-motion animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings,” directed by Laika topper Travis Knight.

The movie opens worldwide on Aug. 19.

The film follows a young storyteller who goes on an epic adventure after he accidentally releases a spirit bent on carrying out an ancient vendetta. Kubo, voiced by “Game of Thrones” actor Art Parkinson, must battle gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father with help from his magical musical instrument, a shamisen. The film, set in Japan, also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei.

Laika’s previous films are “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” which have all been nominated for the animated feature Academy Award.

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- Terry Flores

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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, »

- MovieWeb

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Sci-Tech Awards Seek to Honor Those Who Stay Ahead of Conventions

18 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Sci-Tech Awards genuinely acknowledge the most invisible aspects of filmmaking. Often the artists, engineers and scientists who receive these trophies invented technologies a decade or more before they receive an honor; it simply takes that long to see the impact of their invention.

This year we take a look at several of the achievements being honored. Chances are you’ve already watched dozens of scenes that benefitted from these advances.

If you’ve seen Laika’s “Boxtrolls,” “Coraline” or “ParaNorman,” then you’ve seen the use of rapid prototyping for character animation in stop-motion film production, which earned Brian McLean and Martin Meunier a Scientifiic and Engineering Award. In this process, multiple parts of a handcrafted puppet’s face are replaced in order to make it appear as though it’s moving. These pieces are 3D-printed in the prototyping process. First, handcrafted puppets are made and then scanned. They’re brought into Maya, »

- Karen Idelson

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Triple 9 movie review: ordinary criminals

18 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

How did a genre-smashing director make a heist thriller so generic, with characters too unlikable to be engaging but not twisted enough to be intriguing? I’m “biast” (pro): love John Hillcoat’s films, love Ejiofor and Winslet

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A new film from Australian director John Hillcoat should be reason to celebrate. In 2012 he gave us Lawless, a novelistic Prohibition-era tale of corrupt cops and honest criminals. His 2006 outback-set The Proposition was as much horror flick as brutal revisionist Western. In between, in 2009, he went ultra-postapocalyptic in the harrowing The Road. This is a filmmaker who smashes stereotypes in well-explored genres makes us see familiar stories from new angles. He makes B movies feel like prestige dramas.

So what the heck happened with Triple 9? How did Hillcoat manage to make an urban heist thriller feel so, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Kubo And The Two Strings: Watch The Full Trailer For Laika's Latest Stop Motion Spectacular

28 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls lead animator Travis Knight graduates up to the director's chair on Kubo And The Two String, the latest from stop motion animation house Laika. And, true to typical Laika form, it looks absolutely gorgeous. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game of Thrones") ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical 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...

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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.

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- 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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