It may only run just a shade over a minute, but the first trailer for LAIKA's upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings looks every bit as epic and grand as we've come to expect from this premiere animation studio. It also appears to be their most expansive and sprawling work as all of their past films have had rather contained stories. This looks like it could be an epic adventure.
As I told you yesterday, Kubo and the Two Strings is an original story from the writer of ParaNorman, which owes a huge debt to ancient Japanese folklore. Now /Film (link below) brings us this first trailer along with a full plot synopsis...
Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kamekichi (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a 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 fulfill his heroic destiny.
Thanks to the quality present in their craft and storytelling, LAIKA has made me a lifetime fan and I absolutely cannot wait to see this when it opens on August 19, 2016.