Next to Pixar, LAIKA has to be the best American animation studio. They've only put out three films, but Coraline, Paranorman, and The Boxtrolls are absolute masterpieces. Any of them could be considered among the best stop motion animated films ever made, and now the Portland based animation studio has released the first poster for their fourth feature, next year's Kubo and the Two Strings.
Their second feature based on an original story—after 2012's Paranorman—Kubo and the Two Strings has secured some top notch talents both behind the camera and in the recording booth. According to Coming Soon (link below), the film marks the feature directorial debut for Annie Award winning director Travis Knight, and is based on a script written by first time screenwriter Marc Haimes and Paranorman scribe Chris Butler. The voice cast includes Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, and Art Parkinson—aka Rickon Stark—as the title character.
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.
Sounds great to me and if it's even half as good as their previous output, it'll be in great company. Kubo and the Two Strings opens August 19, 2016.
Via Coming Soon