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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

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Marc Haimes (screenplay by), Chris Butler (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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

Taglines:

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

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kubo - den modige samurai See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,608,372, 19 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,023,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,257,813
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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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Trivia

This is Laika's second film to be produced in a 2:35:1 aspect ratio after Paranorman (2012). 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 »

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

The initial end credits appear over a background animation of characters and scenes from the film, as well as scenes from Japanese culture. After this, there is a time-lapse sequence that depicts the assembly of the giant skeleton demon. The credits then continue with images and short animations of elements of the film (characters, backgrounds, etc.) appearing beside the credits. See more »

Connections

References Dororo (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Above and Below
Written by Dario Marianelli
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killer combo; studio LAIKA + Charlize Theron
23 January 2017 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Reviewers Notes;

1. As I write this, the top-rated IMDb review starts with the header "a hard movie to explain..." and that pretty much nails it. The film starts very slow, builds gradually, has the viewer hooked like a fish by the mid-point, and then falls a tiny bit short in the climax. But overall the experience is unforgettable, magical, and great fun.

2. In Japan anime, they revere not only their movies but their studios. It was always considered that the NA studios, even Pixar, don't measure up. But Studio Laiko in this amazing film has done things with stop-motion and color which make it a world standard and as good as or better than the best that Japan has to offer. I am even going to use some frames a screen saver, they are THAT good.

3. Lots of great voice acting but Charlize Theron steals, literally steals, the film and takes it to a new level. Makes you forget all about the goldfish that initially started the trend in "star" voices. Truly an incredible performance.


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