For animation fans, the release of a LAIKA movie is worthy cause to rejoice, and not just because they’ve consistently hit it out of the park with fantastic films like Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. LAIKA’s efforts are a guaranteed feast for the eyes.
While computer-generated animation is the driving force in kids movies nowadays, this Oregon-based studio is keeping the glory of stop-animation alive with their hand-made films, stuffed with dimension, rich detail, and colorful characters. And now with an interactive map, you can explore all of the above from LAIKA’s latest, Kubo and the Two Strings.
Set in ancient Japan, Kubo and the Two Strings follows a young guitar-player (Game of Thrones Art Parkinson) who is thrown into a dangerous quest to collect legendary armor and weaponry. His guides on this perilous journey are a mirthless monkey (Charlize Theron) and a forgetful samurai (Matthew McConaughey). Together, they’ll battle witches, monsters, and ultimately the merciless Moon King (Ralph Fiennes).
Kubo and the Two Strings opens August 19th.
Kristy Puchko wants to go to there.