LAIKA and Focus Features’ “Kubo And The Two Strings” will open on August 19th. “Kubo” is “a clever, kindhearted boy (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) who ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical 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 his heroic destiny.”
“Kubo” is directed by Travis Knight and was written by Chris Butler and Marc Haimes (“ParaNorman”)stars character voices star Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei and Rooney Mara, and is scheduled for release on August 19th, 2016.
Update: now at Universal Studios, LAIKA is hosting an interactive experience “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,” in the Globe Theatre.