Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

Travis Knight (2016)

97min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Peerless stop-motion puppetry and creative CGI create a dazzling fable woven around rich metaphors for love, loneliness and loss, in this Bafta-winning marvel from Laika, the studio behind Coraline, Paranorman and The Boxtrolls. Director Travis Knight places his engaging characters in a fantastical ancient Japan where artistically gifted orphan Kubo (voiced by 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). Aided by a snow monkey (Charlize Theron) and a warrior beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo battles 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 is enchanting from the first frame.

Summary

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