This year, Laika and Focus Features brought us animated Oscar contender “The Boxtrolls,” and now they’ve announced their fourth collaboration, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the directorial debut of Annie-winning animator, Laika President and CEO Travis Knight.
Written by “ParaNorman” scribes Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, this original animated adventure will meld 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique, with a top-drawer voice cast including Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro. “Game of Thrones” star Art Parkinson will voice the title character, Kubo.
Here’s the official synopsis: “In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside 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.”
Laika and Focus have slated an August 19th, 2016 domestic release date; as with the three previous Laika movies including “Boxtrolls,” “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” Focus will release “Kubo and the Two Strings” in the United States and Universal Pictures International will release the movie internationally.
This marks the first entry in the companies’ joint three-picture deal (detailed here). Focus, which is continuing to establish its new identity under CEO Peter Schlessel, landed Laika its best opener yet with “The Boxtrolls.” This new formal partnership will extend Focus’ longstanding relationship with Laika and CEO Travis Knight.