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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 armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

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Travis Knight

Writers:

Marc Haimes (screenplay by), Chris Butler (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Parkinson ... Kubo (voice)
Charlize Theron ... Mother (voice)
Brenda Vaccaro ... Kameyo (voice)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Hashi (voice)
Meyrick Murphy ... Mari (voice)
George Takei ... Hosato (voice)
Rooney Mara ... The Sisters (voice)
Ralph Fiennes ... Moon King (voice)
Matthew McConaughey ... Beetle (voice)
Minae Noji ... Minae (voice)
Alpha Takahashi ... Aiko (voice)
Laura Miro ... Miho (voice)
Ken Takemoto Ken Takemoto ... Ken (voice)
Aaron Aoki ... Villager (voice)
Luke Donaldson ... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Be bold. Be brave. Be epic See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kubo and the Two Strings See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,608,372, 21 August 2016

Gross USA:

$48,023,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,249,438
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In some English language markets, the narration for the commercials only ever states the name of the film as "Kubo," and never once reads out "and the Two Strings." See more »

Goofs

Kubo is trying to speak to his ancestors when using the lanterns. The light is behind him, yet there is also light shinning directly into his eyes from a source in front of him. 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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the Laika production logo displays tributes to its previous films:
  • a cat runs through a door (from Coraline (2009))
  • a zombie's hand and Norman's head (from ParaNorman (2012))
  • some Boxtrolls (from The Boxtrolls (2014))
  • and finally, Kubo himself appears.
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Soundtracks

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Written by George Harrison
Published by Harrisongs, Ltd. (ASCAP)
Performed by Regina Spektor
Arranged by Dario Marianelli
Shamisen solo by Kevin Kmetz (as Kevin Masaya Kmetz)
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Aesthetically beautiful
19 June 2018 | by jackgdemossSee all my reviews

Kubo was the first fully Claymation film I have scene, and it was fantastic to see. I am a huge fan of the art style and want so much more of it. The story was charming, and even exceptionally enthralling for the first half of the film, but slows to a halt during Act III, crippling its momentum. The art style alone makes this movie worth watching, and I will see anything that took this much work and artistic talent on the big screen in coming years.


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