Laika Studios, the studio behind both Coraline and The Boxtrolls will be releasing Kubo and the Two Strings, a tale based on Japanese mythology, next year. The film mixes the stop-motion technology and CGI for a distinctive look and, according to Laika President and CEO, Travis Knight, is “a gripping yarn woven from Japanese folktales and mythology, with lost civilizations, mystical origami, noble heroes, star-crossed lovers, and blood-curdling monsters.”
Mystical origami? That has our attention. Heroes and blood-curdling monsters aren’t bad, either.
The film features the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro;. Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark on Game of Thrones will be the voice of Kubo, the title character.
Laika’s Synopsis for Kubo and the Two Strings
In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shore-side village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.