From Coraline to ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, LAIKA has been gaining steam, and accolades. In a three-picture deal with Focus Features, they’re taking on their grandest adventure yet Kubo and the Two Strings, a fantastical samurai tale that boasts voice talent like George Takei, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron.
And, gang, it looks all kinds of gorgeous.
Here’s the official synopsis:
An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. 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 (Academy Award nominee 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 (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 fulfill his heroic destiny.
Get a close look at the film’s heroes with the character posters below.
You can get even more sneak peeks at Kubo at Instagram.
Kubo and the Two Strings opens August 19th.
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