Kubo and the Two Strings
directed by Travis Knight
Set in a mythical version of ancient Japan, Kubo tells of a poor young boy who must go on an epic quest, pursued by gods and monsters. A classic hero’s journey, Kubo and the Two Strings is a big epic adventure on the surface, but at its core is a meditation on loss and healing. Inspired by a multitude of Japanese art forms, it’s textured yet crisp, frighteningly dark yet radiant with bold colour. A decade in the making, the film is both painstakingly detailed and epic in scope. The movie’s blend of stop-motion animation for the main action with computer-generated backgrounds is seamless, creating the most visually intoxicating of all LAIKA Studios’ movies.