Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

Travis Knight (2016)

97min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An entrancing Bafta-winning marvel of peerless stop-motion puppetry and creative CGI, this visually dazzling fable woven around richly imagined metaphors for love, loneliness and loss elevates Laika Entertainment to Pixar level. First-time director Travis Knight (lead animator on Laika's Coraline, Paranorman and The Boxtrolls) places engaging characters in a fantastical ancient Japan where artistically gifted orphan Kubo (Art Parkinson) embarks on a quest for a magical suit of samurai armour, his only protection against supernaturally twisted relatives and the evil Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). With a snow monkey (Charlize Theron) and a warrior beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo is aided as he battles the various gods and monsters drawn from the realms of Oriental myth and Japanese folklore. Introducing disability and parental health issues into its exquisite mix of origami and traditional woodblock design, this gorgeously detailed animated masterpiece may prove a little scary for youngsters but is enchanting from the first frame.

Summary

Premiere. A boy unwittingly summons an evil spirit to wreak havoc on his peaceful village home. The only hope of defeating the vengeful creature is to find a magical suit of armour belonging to the boy's father - but finding it will entail matching wits with an assortment of monstrous foes. Animated adventure, with the voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson and Matthew McConaughey.

Cast & Crew

Monkey Charlize Theron
Kubo Art Parkinson
Moon King Ralph Fiennes
Hosato George Takei
Hashi Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Kameyo Brenda Vaccaro
The sisters Rooney Mara
Beetle Matthew McConaughey
Mari Meyrick Murphy
Minae Minae Noji
Director Travis Knight
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Sep 2016
Drama Children's