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The summer movie season may have seemed rather sluggish — until now, that is. The summer is about to shift into high gear as we transition into August. This month has a lot to offer with movies like Suicide Squad and Nine Lives coming to theaters this weekend. The fun doesn't stop there as Sausage Party and Pete's Dragon enter theaters the weekend after. But what's after that? We may be getting movies such as Ben-Hur and War Dogs, but the one movie with lofty buzz is the next big animated film from Laika, Kubo and the Two Strings.

Sorry Sausage Party, while your movie does look very funny, Kubo and the Two Strings has got to be my most anticipated animated movie at the moment — plus it's kid-friendly! Kubo looks like the perfect adventure movie as it follows the titular character and his friends Monkey and Beetle as they unravel the mystery of his family's legacy.

Check out the trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings:

Kubo and the Two Strings is only two weeks away with the animated flick hitting theaters on August 19. The distributor of this film, Focus Features, has created a cool new virtual experience to get people hyped for their movie. It's an eight minute YouTube video which gives viewers a glimpse at the fantastical world of Japan we will get to see in the movie. You are able to click on a specific part of the map and are taken to the part of the video that shows information about that specific locale, it's awesome. Focus told us:

"Kubo’s quest stretches far and wide through the mystical realm of the Vastlands. With his protectors Monkey and Beetle by his side, Kubo unlocks more of his powers at every challenge, racing toward an epic clash with the dark side of his magical family.
From your desktop, visit to explore Kubo’s realm and dive into each location of his epic quest through an interactive map experience. This piece of content takes YouTube’s annotation tool and enables viewers to engage with the piece to go with Kubo on his quest."

Explore Kubo's world for yourself:

This virtual experience video is pretty cool. It shows you a map of all the different locations Kubo will visit during the movie. The Vastlands includes many cool regions from the Dark Sea to Hanzo's Fortress. If you select The Garden of Eyes (which is my personal favorite), the link sends you to the part of the video where they talk about that location. You are given a description of the area and after the summary is read by the narrator, you are shown a small clip from the movie previewing the region. It is extremely simple but feels very immersive and is pretty fun to play around with.

What do you guys think of the virtual experience video? Are you looking forward to Kubo and the Two Strings? Tell me below!


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