Focus Features and LAIKA are inviting you to uncover more of its hero’s story and get a closer look at the magic of Kubo and the Two Strings with a new trailer and newly revealed artwork. Of particular note is more footage of that spectral, caterpillar-like monster teased in an earlier spot! The film arrives in theaters August 19.
Check out the trailer below, and be sure to pick up the August/September issue of Animation Magazine to read more about LAIKA’s most ambitious feature yet. Subscribe, renew, or pick up a copy at Comic-Con International and SIGGRAPH later this month.
Kubo and the Two Strings is directed by Travis Knight and written by ParaNorman scribes Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. The voice cast features Game of Thrones’ Art Parkinson as Kubo, Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron as Monkey and Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey as Beetle, with George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Ralph Fiennes and Rooney Mara.
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 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.