Since 2009, the stop-motion animation studio Laika has made a name for itself by producing some of the most acclaimed animated films of the last few years. Their films “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls” all garnered acclaim for their visual style and all have been nominated for Oscars. Their latest film “Kubo and the Two Strings” follows a one-eyed boy who must locate a magical suit of armor in order to defeat a vengeful spirit. Before its home video release, check out an exclusive behind the scenes clip that delves inside the film’s costume design with Laika designer Deborah Cook.
The film was the directorial debut by Travis Knight, who previously worked as an animator on the three previous Laika films. It was written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, with a story by Haimes and Shannon Tindle. It stars Art Parkinson (“Game of Thrones”), Charlize Theron (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Rooney Mara (“Carol”), George Takei (“Star Trek”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Dazed and Confused”).
“Kubo and the Two Strings” first premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It was released by Focus Features on August 19. It will be available on Digital HD November 8 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 22.