Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls lead animator Travis Knight graduates up to the director's chair on Kubo And The Two String, the latest from stop motion animation house Laika. And, true to typical Laika form, it looks absolutely gorgeous.
Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game of Thrones")
ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of
his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when
he accidentally summons a mythical 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 (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and
Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), 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 (Academy Award
nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee
Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and
his heroic destiny. The all-star cast also includes George Takei,
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.
Following an initial teaser released back in December a full trailer has now arrived to showcase more of the film's world. Character designs are impressive as is the range of action on display and the musical selection is good for a chuckle. Check it out below!