ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Despite the painstaking lengths that go into creating movies like Anomalisa, Shaun the Sheep Movie, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, stop-motion films are becoming an increasingly popular form of animation.

The same studio that brought us Coraline, ParaNorman, and Boxtrolls, is finally ready to show the world its next fantastical stop-motion project: Kubo and the Two Strings.

Focus Features has enlisted the help of Laika Entertainment to bring us Travis Knight's (Coraline, Boxtrolls) latest project about a little boy named Kubo and his quest to save his family.

Not only was Kubo and the Two Strings created by some of the best animators in the country, but it also has a powerhouse cast behind it.

The film stars Game of Thrones' Art Parkinson as Kubo, and features a number of A-List stars including Charlize Theron (Monkey), Matthew McConaughey (Beetle), Ralph Fiennes (Moon King), Rooney Mara (evil twin Sisters), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Akihiro), George Takei (Hosato), and Brenda Vaccaro (Kameyo).

With that many Academy Award winners and nominees onboard, I'm sure this will be an epic journey everyone will want to take part in.

If the trailer hasn't sold you already, here's the official synopsis for the film:

An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town...But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.
Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle, and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters, to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Sadly, we'll have to wait over six months until we can join Kubo on this unforgettable journey, but I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait.

Kubo and the Two Strings will be released in theaters on August 19, 2016.


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