Laika has released a new full trailer for their upcoming fantasy-inspired martial arts film Kubo and the Two Strings. This movie looks like a delightful adventure and as a fan of Laika's previous films, I'm really stoked about this one. Laika is the stop-motion animated studio that previously brought us films such as Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Paranorman. I think there's a good chance that Kubo and the Two Strings could end up being their best to date. I just absolutely love what I've seen in the trailer. It's so damn beautiful!
The movie has an incredibly impressive voice cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and George Takei. Here's the official 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), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (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 (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (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 (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.
The movie was directed by Travis Knight, and it opens in theaters on August 19th, 2016.