KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Theatrical Release USA 2016)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.9|5.0 Stars ìììì

Kubo and the Two Strings
—Bravo! Encore, Encore! The stop motion animation from Laika really catches the eye. The special effects are a visual treat. It’s one of the best animated films since Big Hero 6. Director Travis Knight has got my ticket for future films; it looks like anything he’s got is probably going to be a visual classic. Only downside is a boat scene where the monkey and her sister fight; it’s a bit bland and needs to find its pace.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Kubo (voice of Art Parkinson) lives in a cave and takes care of his mother Sariatu (voice of Charlize Theron). He makes his living  by telling a warrior story about his father to the village people. But, he does not know the end of the story and his mother due to a head injury cannot remember the ending to the story. When Kubo learns of a festival that enables people to talk to the dead, he unsuccessfully attempts to talk to his father. He becomes angry that his father does not appear and he inadvertently stays out past dark (which he was warned not to do). He is attacked by his mother's witch-like sisters, Karasu and Washi (voice of Rooney Mara); but his mother appears, fights them away, and sends him to a place where they cannot find him. The adventure begins as Kubo works to find his way back to the village and Sariatu.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors and Producers Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner for directing the film and making it possible. Additional characters/cast include: Monkey (voice of Charlize Theron), Moon King (voice of Ralph Fiennes), Kameyo (voice of Brenda Vaccaro), Hashi (voice of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), Mari (voice of Meyrick Murphy), Hosato (voice of George Takei), Beetle (voice of Matthew McConaughey), Minae (voice of Minae Noji), Aiko (voice of Alpha Takahashi), Miho (voice of Laura Miro), and Ken (voice of Ken Takemoto).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is one of the best animations of 2016. Fabulous work for Director Travis Knight and Laika Studios.

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