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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

While I watch a lot of movies, I can’t say that I watch very many that use stop motion. But the uniqueness of Kubo and The Two Strings really caught my attention. I was happy when a copy was sent to me to review.

kubo and the two strings combo pack

From acclaimed animation studio LAIKA comes an all-new epic adventure starring the voice talents of Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar). Young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning fantastical tales. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo journeys on an action-packed quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father, discover his own magical powers, and reunite his family.

Kubo and the Two Strings stars an all-star supporting voice cast including George Takei (Star Trek), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Man in the High Castle), and Academy Award® nominees Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter), Brenda Vaccaro (Johnny Bravo), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). 

Kubo and the Two Strings is a very  good movie. The animation is amazing! I loved all the details. I also enjoyed the creative storytelling.  It is a little dark along the lines of Coraline so I wouldn’t recommend it for very young children. It may be a little too spooky for them. This movie will definitely spark some conversation because it covers some emotional topics liking losing a loved one. Kubo and the Two Strings stresses the importance of family and understanding one another.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack & Blu-ray™ Combo Pack

  •  Introduction by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight introduces “Kubo’s Journey.”
  • Mythological Monsters: The filmmakers and crew discuss the new techniques they used to create the terrifying antagonists. Learn how each monster differed in scale, design, and execution.
  • Braving the Elements: A particularly challenging aspect of filming was animating water and rain effects. Discover how LAIKA was able to animate water in the context of a stop-motion film.
  • The Redemptive and Healing Power of Music: Learn how traditional and contemporary musical styles were combined by Academy Award®-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) to infuse the film with such a heartfelt sound.
  • Epilogue by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight discusses what attracted LAIKA to Kubo and the Two Strings.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack & Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD

  •  Japanese Inspiration: The LAIKA creative team and the cast discuss the inspirations for the story.
  • Corners of the Earth: Filmmakers and crew discuss the challenges of the varied landscapes and locations in Kubo and the Two Strings.
  • The Myth of Kubo: Cast and filmmakers discuss the story at the core of Kubo and the Two Strings.
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Travis Knight

Buy Kubo and the Two Strings Combo for $24.99 at Amazon.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Sara Zielinski

    This sounds like a great movie.

    December 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Ashley Nolan

    This would be a cute movie for the kids to enjoy.

    December 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Michelle S

    I didn’t actually know what this movie was about so I appreciate you sharing the general plot. I would like to see this even if the kids don’t want to.

    December 7, 2016 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Dotty J Boucher

    I would love to see this movie with my grandchildren, but still at its high price, i’ll buy it when the price goes down.

    December 7, 2016 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Amy Orvin

    I have heard a lot about it and it looks good. The characters look interesting.

    December 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply tom

    i wasnt a fan of the movie

    December 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply melissa

    My niece loved this when we went to see it

    December 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Julie Wood

    We have not seen this movie yet, but it looks like such a good movie! My kids would enjoy seeing it!

    December 9, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Cynthia R

    Seems like a cute movie, we would like to watch this movie soon.

    December 10, 2016 at 11:47 pm
  • Reply Lisa Coomer Queen

    I think my grandson will really like this movie. I’ll have to get it for us to watch. Thanks for the review.

    December 13, 2016 at 8:45 am
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