Focus Features will release
the latest stop-motion movie from LAIKA nationwide on August 19th, 2016. Travis Knight is directing Kubo and The Two Strings, from a screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman). Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Art Parkinson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Brenda Vaccaro topline the voice cast.
The teaser was dropped today. Here’s our first look:
Kubo and the Two Strings is 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), Hashi
(Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kamekichi (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.