So, we’re now on the third trailer for Laika‘s “Kubo And The Two Strings,” and I have to say, I’m not any more or less intrigued than I was two trailers ago. The studio undoubtedly has a strong reputation for creating bold and original animated films, but for whatever reason, I can’t drum up any interest one way or another about this one, even with the star-studded voice cast.
Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes lend their pipes to this one that centers on the humble Kubo, who must go a quest to save his family, after accidentally summoning a spirit from his past. Here’s the official synopsis:
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), 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.
“Kubo And The Two Strings” opens on August 19th.