by Tyler Malm
Kubo and the Two Strings is an exciting stop motion masterpiece, and another win for Laika studios. Kubo is on a mesmerizing odyssey through a bamboo forest and an icy desert, he’s creating his own legacy. Kubo and the Two Strings is about legacy, love, and loss. The latest film by Laika studios builds a much more vast and adventurous world than all Laika movies before it, giving us a beautiful stop motion masterpiece.
Laika has mastered storytelling and with great imagination and innovative techniques have forged an ambitious and truly epic narrative.
Kubo and the Two Strings is the fourth stop motion feature film by Laika studios, who previously released Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls.
Kubo and the Two Strings stars Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, and Charlize Theron. This tale follows the journey of a young boy named Kubo as he discovers the story of his father and mother. He sets out on a journey to find the magical suit of armour his late father was searching for, as his evil grandfather, the Moon King, is out to get him.
Kubo is directed by Travis Knight, who has previously worked as an animator for Laika studios.
The action in the movie is ambitious and flows wonderfully, unlike any action we have seen in previous Laika films.
The studio really went above and beyond for Kubo and it pays off. Laika has found the perfect balance between old school stop motion animation techniques and new innovative technology.
Kubo tells a rich story with elements of inspiration from Japanese folklore, Ray Harryhausen, and Akira Kurosawa. Knight has put together an animated adventure in the same vein of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
Kubo and the Two Strings is a great movie for the whole family, and is the best animated film so far this year. So go to the movies this weekend with the family and feast your eyes on Laika’s new animated adventure.