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Kubo and the Two Strings -- 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.
Kubo and the Two Strings -- 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.
Kubo and the Two Strings -- Featurette: The Myth of Kubo
Kubo and the Two Strings -- 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.
Kubo and the Two Strings -- 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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Release Date:
19 August 2016 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The quest begins See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 39 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
LAIKA has done it again! See more (191 total) »

Cast

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Art Parkinson ... Kubo (voice)

Charlize Theron ... Monkey (voice)

Ralph Fiennes ... Moon King (voice)

Brenda Vaccaro ... Kameyo (voice)

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Hashi (voice)

Meyrick Murphy ... Mari (voice)

George Takei ... Hosato (voice)

Rooney Mara ... The Sisters (voice)

Matthew McConaughey ... Beetle (voice)

Minae Noji ... Minae (voice)

Alpha Takahashi ... Aiko (voice)

Laura Miro ... Miho (voice)

Ken Takemoto ... Ken (voice)
Aaron Aoki ... Villager (voice)

Luke Donaldson ... Villager (voice)

Michael Sun Lee ... Villager (voice)
Cary Y. Mizobe ... Villager (voice) (as Cary Yoshio Mizobe)

Rachel Morihiro ... Villager (voice)

Thomas Isao Morinaka ... Villager (voice)

Saemi Nakamura ... Villager (voice)

Zachary Alexander Rice ... Villager (voice) (as Zach Rice)

Mariel Sheets ... Villager (voice)

Directed by
Travis Knight (directed by)
 
Writing credits
Marc Haimes (screenplay by) and
Chris Butler (screenplay by)

Shannon Tindle (story by) and
Marc Haimes (story by)

Produced by
Travis Knight .... producer
Jocelyn Pascall .... associate producer
Arianne Sutner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Frank Passingham (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Murrie (edited by)
 
Casting by
Allison Jones 
 
Production Design by
Daniel R. Casey (pre-production)
Nelson Lowry 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Cook (costume designer)
 
Production Management
David E. Hall .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jodi Clark .... second assistant director (as Jodi Rosenlof)
Finley Mulligan .... third assistant director
Holly Werner .... second assistant director
Samuel Wilson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Cristina Acuña .... scenic painter
Enrico Altmann .... mold maker
Casey Zander Anderson .... art department coordinator
John Aoshima .... head of story
Andy Berry .... set dresser
Matt Burlingame .... landscapes artist
Tony P. Chen .... cg modeler
Trevor Dalmer .... art director: end credit sequence
Trevor Dalmer .... designer and illustrator
Robert DeSue .... assistant art director
K.C. Englander .... jr. set dresser
K.C. Englander .... landscape artist
Monica Fedrick .... title graphics
Toby Froud .... sculptor: Sculptor
Duncan Gillis .... art department head
Jesse Gregg .... lead set dresser
August Hall .... Concept Designer
Carl b Hamilton .... set designer
Georgina Hayns .... supervisor: puppet fabrication
Josh Holtsclaw .... graphic designer
Matt Isakson .... head of mold making
Joe Kortum .... prop designer
Ann Larson .... puppet fabricator
Celeste Leipham .... landscapes artist
Ean McNamara .... concept artist
Ovi Nedelcu .... storyboard artist
Rachel Olson .... Landscape Artist
Desiree Ong .... production assistant
Christina Owen .... scenic painter
Michael Possert Jr. .... model maker
Gillian Povey .... Hand Fabricator
Morgan Sheffield .... ink and paint
Joshua Storey .... head of puppet painting
Shannon Tindle .... storyboard artist
Aileen Portia Tolentino .... moldmaker
Scott Tom .... puppet fabricator
Jon Warren .... supervisor: art fabrication
Guillermo Martinez .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Tim Chau .... re-recording mixer
Tim Chau .... sound designer
Tim Chau .... supervising sound editor
Travis Crotts .... foley editor
Darlene Gorzela .... additional sound
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Tim LeBlanc .... re-recording mixer
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... sound effects editor
Adam Risner .... sound mixer: some interviews
Carlos Sotolongo .... original dialouge mixer
Brian Tarlecki .... mixing technician
Clayton Weber .... sound editor
Dominic Boucher .... uncredited
Shayna Brown .... dialogue mixer (uncredited)
Jon Krupp .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Shea Bordo .... lead silicone and foam caster
Tamara Carlson .... hair and fur fabricator
Brooke Duckart .... hair and fur fabricator
Chris Gough .... animation rigger
Brian Hahn .... head of mechanical fabrication
Shami Lang-Rinderspacher .... animation rigger
Faon Lewis .... head of silicone and foam
Jessica Lynn .... head of hair and fur
Graham Read .... Armaturist
Jeremy Spake .... head of armature
Patrick Weinberg .... animation rigger
Patrick Zung .... lead armaturist
 
Visual Effects by
Anthony Aiello .... production technology
Adrienne Anderson .... visual effects scheduler
Joe Beckley .... matte painter
Joe Beckley .... texture artist
Matthew Beightol .... compositor
Matthew Beightol .... senior roto/paint artist
Kane Brassington .... senior roto/paint artist
Phil Brotherton .... visual effects
Tory Bryant .... lead texture artist
Daniel Casey .... texture artist
Daniel R. Casey .... layout artist
Aaron Charny .... roto/paint artist
Nicholas Childs .... compositor
Michael Cordova .... senior compositor
Gentry Davidson .... digital artist
Jon Dobson .... technical director
Dustin Dybevik .... roto/paint artist
Steve Emerson .... visual effects supervisor
Daria Eremina .... cg rigger
Andrew Gotham .... visual effects coordinator
Justin Graham .... lead roto/paint artist
Emily Greene .... visual effects
Micah Henrie .... technical director
Jorge Heredia .... senior roto/paint artist
David Horsley .... lead digital effects animator
Sara Ireland .... compositor
Nick Jauregui .... vfx survey/matchmover
Timur Khodzhaev .... senior compositor
Karl Kohlman .... visual effects artist
Takashi Kuboto .... visual effects
Tarun Lak .... VFX Animation Intern
Grant Laker .... CG Asset Creation Lead
Lars C. Larsen .... animation rigger
Daniel Leatherdale .... compositor: LAIKA
Nick Mariana .... visual effects
Ira Owens .... previs artist
Pranay Patel .... sr. pipeline engineer
Tilman Paulin .... compositing lead: LAIKA
James Pina .... compositor
Jason Potter .... data wrangler
Michelle Ross .... cg animator
Tarek Saleh .... roto / paint artist
Eric Schultz .... texturing artist
Richard Sevy .... cg supervisor
Dan Short .... digital compositor
Brice Shultz .... compositor
Nik Siefke .... data wrangler
Amelia 'Mia' Sires .... data/render wrangler
Kim Slate .... visual effects
Jeff W. Smith .... matchmove integration and layout
Kaci Smith .... roto paint artist
Joe Strasser .... lighting technical director: Laika
Peter Stuart .... effects animator
Mike Terpstra .... compositor
Terrance Tornberg .... cg lighting lead
Trish Van't Hul .... senior paint artist
Peter Vickery .... associate vfx supervisor
Eric Wachtman .... lead look development
Holly Webster .... visual effects artist: modeler
Holly Webster .... visual effects artist: texture artist
Christopher Weinberg .... surveyor & matchmover: charming
Curtis Darwin Zinn .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Nick Benseman .... stunt rigger
Mickey Facchinello .... pre-viz stunts
Brendon Huor .... pre-viz stunts
Jeremy Marinas .... pre-viz stunts
Aaron Toney .... fight choreographer
Aaron Toney .... fight coordinator
Aaron Toney .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ashlee .... lighting camera
Gavin Brown .... assistant camera trainee
Jake Carlson .... assistant camera
Bryan Garver .... supervising gaffer
Mark Hughes .... lighting camera
John Leonhardt .... assistant camera trainee
Jesse Levitt .... assistant camera
Jason Ptaszek .... asset photographer
James WilderHancock .... gaffer
 
Animation Department
Daniel Alderson .... animator
Graham Annable .... story board artist
Hannah Quick Antico .... rp cg rigger
Andy Bailey .... stop motion animator
Micah Baker .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Kyle Bell .... facial animation supervisor
Ludovic Berardo .... stop motion animator
Michael Berger .... cg modeler
Rebecca Black-Gliko .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Sean Burns .... cg facial animator
Thiago Calçado .... animator
Dominic Cardoso .... rapid prototyping fabricator
Daniel Cespedes .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Alyssa Choate-Rusche .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Emanuela Cozzi .... storyboard artist
Jeff Croke .... cg facial animator
Phil Dale .... stop motion animator
Margie Daniels .... key assistant animator: closing animation
Clint K. Deadmond .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Robert Ducey .... technical director: animation
Helen Duckworth .... cg modeler
Anthony Elworthy .... stop motion animator
Adam Fisher .... assistant animator
Kingman Gallagher .... lead rp fabricator
Anna Glanton .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Joe Gorski .... cg animator
Martha Grant .... Replacement Animation Specialist
Charles Greenfield .... stop motion animator
Sean Gregory .... assistant animator
Shauna Hagerman .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Brian Leif Hansen .... stop motion animator
Morgan Hay .... lead rp fabricator
Mike Hollenbeck .... stop motion animator
Tina T. Hsu .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Ty Johnson .... cg modeler
Oliver Jones .... animation rigging supervisor
Travis Knight .... animator
Danail Kraev .... animator
Malcolm Lamont .... lead stop motion animator
Michael Laubach .... lead technical director: rigging
Adam Lawthers .... cg facial animator
Matias Liebrecht .... animator
Tingting Liu .... RP Facial animator
Jessica Salesky Lowe .... rapid prototype quality assurance lead
Dan MacKenzie .... additional animator
Peter McCown .... character supervisor
Brian McLean .... director of rapid prototyping
Mary McOmber .... rapid prototype senior quality assurance
Ann Moore .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Jeremy Murphy .... assistant animator
Julian Narino .... storyboard artist
Brian Ormiston .... storyboard artist
Shawn Palmer .... story artist
Suzy Parr .... animator
Kevin Parry .... stop motion animator
Florian Perinelle .... animator
Florian Perinelle .... stop motion animator
Nicky Kriara Peterson .... RP Replacement Animation Tester
Zachary Rahman .... cg facial animator
Justin M. Rasch .... animator
Joseph Reaves .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Hals Reynolds .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Jeffrey Riley .... stop motion animator
Jisoo Rim .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Baptiste Rogron .... animator
Baptiste Rogron .... animator: 2D
Veronica Rosser .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Brett Scanlon .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Matthew J. Schiavone .... cg facial animation production coordinator
Brad Schiff .... supervisor: animation
Jeremiah Servais .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Brice Shultz .... rapid prototype quality assurance (as Brice Schultz)
Gabe Sprenger .... stop motion animator
Jason Stalman .... animator
Anthony Straus .... stop motion animator
Philippe Tardif .... animator
Philippe Tardif .... animator: end titles
Neil Taylor .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Shannon Tindle .... character designer
Danie Townsley .... rapid prototyping fabricator (as Danie West)
Chris Tran .... cg modeler
Ann Whim Tseng .... rapid prototype quality assurance
Carolyn Vale .... cg facial animator
David Vandervoort .... lead 2d facial designer
David Vandervoort .... supervising animator: end credits
Steve Warne .... additional animator
Ian Whitlock .... stop motion animator
Kyle Williams .... cg modeler
Ning Xu .... animation trainee
Dobrin Yanev .... stop motion animator
Mingquan Charles Zhou .... RP Rigger
Andrew Zubko .... Replacement Animation Tester
Sandro Cleuzo .... 2d animator (uncredited)
Tim Garbutt .... end credit sequence: compositor (uncredited)
Onyee Lo .... cg facial animation intern (uncredited)
Alexander Snow .... cg facial animator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judy Cook .... adr voice casting
Ben Harris .... casting associate
Peter John Kousakis .... casting assistant (as Peter Kousakis)
Ashley Lambert .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Lane .... head of costume
Thalia Lane .... Head of Costume Fabrication
Anja Poland .... costume fabricator
 
Editorial Department
Valance Eisleben .... digital intermediate color assist/conform
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... conductor
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Emily Appleton Holley .... assistant score supervisor
Clive Bell .... musician: shakuhachi
James Bellamy .... music editor
Dominick Certo .... music editor
Fiona Cruickshank .... additional engineering
Timeri Duplat .... assistant music editor
Melissa Holding .... musician: koto
Hibiki Ichikawa .... musician: shamisen
Kevin Kmetz .... musician: shamisen (as Kevin Masaya Kmetz)
Dario Marianelli .... orchestrator
Sara Matarazzo .... music supervisor
Adam Miller .... additional engineering
Adam Miller .... score recordist
Melanie Pappenheim .... solo vocalist
F.A.M.E.'S. Project .... orchestra and studio contractor: trailer music
Maggie Rodford .... score supervisor
Robin Stout .... trailer score by (as Superhuman)
Superhuman .... trailer score by
Liam Westbrook .... trailer score by (as Superhuman)
Nick Wollage .... score engineer and mixer
 
Other crew
Danika Burtt .... accountant
Chris Butler .... head of story
Rosemary A. Colliver .... General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs
David J. Epstein .... assistant production coordinator
John Henry Frankenhauser .... systems administrator
Tim Garbutt .... graphic designer
Taro Goto .... production consultant
Emily Shinyi Hsu .... assistant to producer
Stephanie Keske .... production technology
Travis Knight .... studio leadership: Laika
Christina Mackin .... assistant: producer/director
Elias Mael .... digital cinema package
Kyle Melton .... media engineer
Owen Nelson .... software engineer
Anh Khoa Ngo .... production technology
Julia Oliver .... studio archivist
Martin Pelham .... manager: media services
Kathy Radcliffe .... executive assistant: Travis Knight
Jenniphur Ryan .... Legal & Business Affairs
Tyler M. Saunders .... production coordinator
Katy Strutz .... puppet fabrication intern
Jeff Vandehey .... intormation & technology
Jacqueline White .... head of media services
Steven Wong Jr. .... junior unit photographer
Nickolas Zolotko .... systems administrator
 
Thanks
Kyle Abbott .... thanks
Megan Ganz .... special thanks
Sean Guttman .... thanks
Olivia Harrison .... special thanks
Jon Hiller .... thanks
Misako Ito .... thanks
Jay Kogen .... thanks
Nick Meisel .... thanks
Dawn Levy Vance .... thanks: executive travel edge
Dawn Yamada .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Skeleton Demon (based on the Gashadokuro of Japanese folklore) is the largest stop-motion puppet to be built, standing at sixteen feet tall.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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Soundtrack:
Kubo Goes to TownSee more »

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54 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
LAIKA has done it again!, 13 August 2016
Author: www.ramascreen.com from United States

Those talented folks at LAIKA have done it again. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is not just one of the best animated films of the year, it's one of the best films of the year, period. Not since Pixar's "Up," have death and loss been handled do firmly and delicately. "Kubo" is fun, moving, hopeful, and profound. A terrific story of bravery and acceptance.

Written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler and directed by LAIKA's own president, Travis Knight, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is set in a fantastical Japan where a one-eyed kid who masters the art of origami and storytelling, Kubo, (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game Of Thrones") would go out to work to earn money during the day by entertaining audiences in the middle of a market but he comes home right before sundown to tend to his sick mother, it has to be before sundown because at night, his mother's sisters, two evil twins (voice day Oscar nominee Rooney Mara) would try to get Kubo's other eye. The past catches up to them, an old vendetta resurfaces, Kubo must run and join forces with Monkey (voiced by Oscar winner Charlize Theron) and a beetle (voiced by Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) on a quest to retrieve the helmet, the sword unbreakable and the armor that would prepare Kubo to fight the vengeful Moon King (voiced by Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes). This quest would unlock Kubo's family mystery and lead him to fulfill his destiny.

I've always appreciated animation, but with stop-motion, it's extra level of appreciation, knowing the extra hard work they put into even just to get a few seconds of shots. It's a level of dedication and discipline that never ceases to blow my mind, that's why I'm a huge fan of LAIKA. Especially with this latest film of theirs, the scale is much bigger, there's a sequence involving a large skeleton giant, your brain starts to wonder as you see that scene just how many hours, how many weeks, how many months did it take for them to make that happen.

This film has action, it has love drama, it has family drama, it has a great sense of humor and it's also about community coming together to help one another. It has its own way of featuring and respecting Japanese art and tradition, but even if you're not too familiar with that particular culture, KUBO resonates much deeper than just the aesthetics. It's a film that's perfect for the whole family. And on top of that, it delicately teaches our young ones about how to grieve in a healthy manner. There's also a twist to the story which I won't spoil for you here. This film is just so beautiful and pristine. Charlize Theron has that commanding voice you would follow to the ends of the earth. And Matthew McConaughey voices Beetle as playful and as proud as Tim Allen did Buzz Lightyear. So it's a combination of outstanding stop motion animation, excellent voice talents, a well-told story and strong characters that make KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS one of my favorite this year.

-- Rama's Screen --

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