CS sits down with the cast and crew of LAIKA’s latest, Kubo and the Two Strings
This Friday, Focus Features is bringing to the big screen the fourth feature film from LAIKA, the Portland-based stop-motion studio responsible for Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. Kubo and the Two Strings marks an important first for the studio as it represents the directorial debut of Travis Knight, Annie Award-winning animator and the head of LAIKA itself. To find out what makes this one special, ComingSoon.net sat down with Knight along with his Kubo voice cast: Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron and, as Kubo, Art Parkinson.
Kubo and the Two Strings arrives from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman), and offers a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan. The all-star voice cast also includes Academy Award nominees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro.
In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.
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