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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

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Cast

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Kubo (voice)
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Monkey (voice)
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Moon King (voice)
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Kameyo (voice)
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Hashi (voice)
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Mari (voice)
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Hosato (voice)
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The Sisters (voice)
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Beetle (voice)
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Minae (voice)
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Aiko (voice)
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Miho (voice)
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Ken (voice)
Aaron Aoki ...
Villager (voice)
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Villager (voice)
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Storyline

Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Kubo - den modige samurai  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,608,372 (USA) (19 August 2016)

Gross:

$48,019,281 (USA) (25 November 2016)
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Trivia

Like Laika's earlier film Coraline (2009), "Kubo" features the theme of eyes being stolen and replaced. See more »

Goofs

Kubo is told in his dream to "follow the setting sun" in order to find the helmet. He immediately wakes up and leads his group into the rising sun. Then the shadows indicate light is behind them, then in front again. See more »

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Kubo: [narrating] If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see and hear, no matter how unusual it may seem. And please be warned: If you fidget, if you look away, if you forget any part of what I tell you - even for an instant - then our hero will surely perish.
[baby crying]
Kubo: His name is Kubo. His grandfather stole something from him. And that really is the least of it.
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Crazy Credits

The Focus and Laika logos at the film's start are formed by folding and then unfolding sheets of paper, anticipating Kubo's origami figures in the movie itself. See more »


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We Rise
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Performed by San Holo
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A movie of epic proportions. Lovers of film, animation, storytelling, do not miss out on this one!!!
19 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kubo and the Two Strings might be one of the best movies I've seen all year. In a crowded year of comic book movies, sequels, and remakes, that's probably not saying much. I wanted to be fair though and look at those movies with an open mind and a little background on their franchises for what each movie wanted to accomplish. However I've been waiting for so long to see something fresh, original, and holy cow this was it. Kubo is a stop motion animated film by Laika studios who've produced Coraline, Paranorman, and the Box Trolls. I really enjoyed Coraline and didn't really like Paranorman or the Box Trolls so I had no idea what to expect from this movie. My friend and I went opening night because the trailers looked interesting, and we were into the entire run time. It's so beautifully shot, the story is simple yet engaging, and the action is just amazing to behold. I don't want to give away anything about the story because I went into this movie blind not knowing that much and I think people should try to do the same. It's surprisingly also very funny! My friend and I just looked at each other shocked at how much this movie made us laugh. The characters are great and the voice work is very impressive. Everything about this movie is just so impressive. For little kids maybe it's not something to hold their interest, but older kids and adults I think should seriously consider checking this out. It's a fun, well written, and very emotional story. Not only should this movie win best animated feature so far, it should be nominated for best picture I'm serious! Lovers of film, animation, storytelling. PLEASEEEE go out and support this movie I heard it will have a low opening weekend and it's such a shame. We need to make this film a hit I want more animated movies of this quality, check it out!


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