With a wide-array of summer blockbusters to remember, you might want to set a reminder for Focus Features’ new animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings”.
The action-adventure is set to release in August, but the studio is still teasing the project with a few new trailers before a larger marketing push takes hold later this year. If you’re new to the film, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is set in ancient Japan and follows the adventure of a brilliant little warrior and a magical shamisen. The film comes from the popular animation studio LAIKA, which also worked on “The Boxtrolls” and “Coraline”.
In “Kubo and the Two Strings” a smart, lovable Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) lives as a humble storyteller, sharing his gift with the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kamekichi (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro).
Soon 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.
The film was directed by Travis Night, working off a screenplay written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. If the trailer was enough to snare your interest, then you will want to set a reminder to watch the film when it hits theaters on August 19, 2016.