The fourth stop motion film from Portland-based animation house LAIKA, Kubo and the Two Strings, has a poster and a teaser trailer, but now there's a full length trailer and it is jaw-dropping. The studio that brought us Coraline, Paranorman, and The Boxtrolls shows no signs of slowing as they crank out what's sure to be the latest entry in their case to be named the best animation house in America.
This trailer comes to us courtesy of Coming Soon (link below), who also dropped this plot synopsis and cast list on us...
The new movie, from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman), offers a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan. It is being brought to life at LAIKA’s Oregon studios via the company’s innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique. In addition to directing, Knight is producing Kubo and the Two Strings with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman). The all-star voice cast includes Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron; Academy Award nominees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro; and Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark on “Game of Thrones” and who is providing the voice for the title character of Kubo.
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.
Now, don't let that line about the animation being a hybrid of stop motion and CGI. Technically all of their films have done that, this one just looks to be the most expansive film in their catalog, so it's no surprise to see a bit more CGI this time around, especially with all of that water.
Seriously though, this film looks amazing and the use of a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" only increased my excitement. The film is set to be released in North America on August 19.
Via Coming Soon