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Employee Diversity Is Key to Success for ‘Kubo’ and All Laika Projects

2 December 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From the beginning, stop-motion animation house Laika set itself apart from the rest. The company is based in Oregon. It focuses on a technique that gives its stories a deeply unique look, and uses pioneering technology like rapid prototyping to create its films. And, while many studios lag behind in putting together a diverse workforce, it turns out women hold significant creative roles in the organization.

Costume designer Deborah Cook; head of production Arianne Sutner; creative supervisor of puppet fabrication Georgina Hayns; and Alice Bird, art director on “Kubo and the Two Strings,” are four of the high-profile women creating, managing and collaborating on Laika’s films.

“With our boss, Travis Knight, he’s just looking for talent, for effective people,” says Sutner, who was a producer on “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “ParaNorman.” “The more diverse we can become, the richer the kinds of stories we can tell. »

- Karen Idelson

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Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray Preview Teases Epic Samurai Action | Exclusive

22 November 2016 12:32 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey shares his thoughts about the critically-acclaimed Kubo and the Two Strings, the latest animated adventure from Laika, in our exclusive preview, with the movie debuting on Blu-ray and DVD today. The actor, who provides the voice of Beetle in the movie, reveals that the movie is about family, love and trust. We also hear from Laika co-founder Travis Knight, who makes his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings.

This preview, which comes courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, showcases footage from the movie, along with interviews from some of the key players who helped bring this story to life. Travis Knight, who produced ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls before directing Kubo and the Two Strings, reveals that they always try to tell unique stories at Laika, which aren't typically told through stop motion animation. We also hear from writer/producer Chris Butler, who states that this »

- MovieWeb

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Recommended Discs & Deals: Black Friday Edition

22 November 2016 11:33 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Note: With Black Friday approaching and many deals already underway, this week’s column will be dedicated to the event as we highlight some of our favorite deals (see all of them here).

Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)

David McKenzie’s Hell or High Water is a gritty, darkly humorous, and fiendishly violent neo-western. Or, in other words, the type of film you might expect from a non-American director working in the United States. It borrows heavily »

- The Film Stage

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Kubo And The Two Strings Blu-ray

22 November 2016 9:16 AM, PST | 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 is now available on Blu-ray 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!

Now you can own the Kubo And The Two Strings Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 8 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a message below and tell us what your favorite film from Laika Studios is (Mine is Paranorman). It’s so easy!

We’ll pick the winner next week. »

- Tom Stockman

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Inside How ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Put Together Biggest Stop-Motion Movie Ever

21 November 2016 5:16 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This story about “Kubo and the Two Strings” first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. The idea for “Kubo and the Two Strings” was simple, and it was ridiculously hard. “The challenge I set for the team was to do a stop-motion David Lean film, a Kurosawian myth in miniature,” said Travis Knight, the director of film and the CEO of Laika, the Portland-based stop-motion animation studio that has scored Oscar nominations for “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls.” “The idea of making a small-scale film look like a large-scale epic that’s shot on a sweeping, »

- Steve Pond

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Cosmos,’ ‘Dreams,’ ‘Dead Ringers,’ and More

15 November 2016 8:19 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Cosmos (Andrzej Żuławski)

If there’s any way to synthesize the many pieces that form the bull-in-a-china-shop filmmaking that is Andrzej Żuławski‘s Cosmos, an adaptation of Witold Gombrowicz‘s novel, consider its status as his first feature in fifteen years. Might some sense of long-awaited release account for its why and how — the intensity of its performances, the force of its camera moves, the sharpness of its cuts, the bombast of its emotions? I’m inclined to think so, »

- The Film Stage

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip: Inside The Costume Design of Laika’s Stop-Motion Animated FIlm

10 November 2016 1:51 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since 2009, the stop-motion animation studio Laika has made a name for itself by producing some of the most acclaimed animated films of the last few years. Their films “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls” all garnered acclaim for their visual style and all have been nominated for Oscars. Their latest film “Kubo and the Two Strings” follows a one-eyed boy who must locate a magical suit of armor in order to defeat a vengeful spirit. Before its home video release, check out an exclusive behind the scenes clip that delves inside the film’s costume design with Laika designer Deborah Cook.

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

The film was the directorial debut by Travis Knight, who previously worked as an animator on the three previous Laika films. It was written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, with a story by Haimes and Shannon Tindle. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Labyrinth Visual History Book Trailer Goes Behind the Classic | Exclusive

22 October 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive 30th anniversary exploration of the Jim Henson classic, featuring rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos. Just in time for the 30 year anniversary, we have a trailer for this magical book. It arrived in stores this week, and is available for purchase right now.

Three decades after its release, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, continues to enthrall audiences with its winning mixture of fairy tale whimsy, fantastical creatures, and unforgettable music. Filled with a wealth of rare and unseen behind-the-scenes imagery, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History explores the creation of the film as seen through the eyes of the artists, costume designers, and creature creators who gave the beloved fantasy classic its distinctive look.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the talented crew and cast, including Jennifer Connelly, Brian Henson, Brian Froud, and George Lucas, this deluxe book brings together a »

- MovieWeb

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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 movie review: quest for family

12 September 2016 5:25 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous fairy tale that’s scary, sweet, and full of tough emotions that kids’ movies often avoid. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous new fairy tale in stop-motion house Laika’s stunning Kubo and the Two Strings. In a fantasy ancient Japan, 11-year-old Kubo (the voice of Art Parkinson: San Andreas) earns a few coins to care for his ailing mother by telling epic tales in the village square: with the strum of his lute, he can send origami papers flying into the air and folding themselves to animate and illustrate his stories. But even more magic lurks inside Kubo, which his grandfather, the evil Moon King (the voice of Ralph Fiennes: Hail, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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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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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: “Dazzling and delightful”

5 September 2016 8:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Kubo and the Two Strings review: Proof that stop-motion animation still has a place for modern audiences.

Kubo and the Two Strings review by Kat Hughes, September 2016.

Kubo and the Two Strings review

Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a young Japanese boy who makes a living for himself and his mother by telling tales to the local townsfolk. His simple existence is thrown into turmoil when some shady figures from his past, namely his evil aunts and grandfather, re-enter his life, pushing him to embark on a sacred quest. In order to save himself and his town Kobu must locate a magical suit of armour that belonged to his late father. Aided by Monkey (Chalize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kobu faces a plethora of challenges as he seeks to finish his mission.

If you think stop-motion animation films are dated then you have to check out Kubo and the Two Strings »

- Kat Hughes

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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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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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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Flops With $11.4 Million, ‘Suicide Squad’ Still on Top

21 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben-Hur” derailed spectacularly at the multiplexes this weekend, as the latest attempt to revive the chariot racing epic opened to an anemic $11.4 million. That’s a disastrous result for the $100 million production, putting “Ben-Hur” in the ranks of the summer’s biggest flops.

Metr0-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount co-produced the remake of Lew Wallace’s novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”; the book was the basis for the 1959 blockbuster that followed Charlton Heston into the arena. Here Jack Huston took the reins as a Jewish prince who must exact his revenge after his adopted brother (Toby Kebbell) betrays him.

“This is the bomb of the summer,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They went big and they went home.”

Although MGM put up roughly 80% of the budget for the film, its failure will be felt at Paramount. The studio has had a bad streak at the box office of late, »

- Brent Lang

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