LAIKA’s critically acclaimed stop-motion folkloric fantasy adventure Kubo and the Two Strings arrives on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD on November 22 (available on Digital HD now!), and the BD releases especially are packed with bonus features meant to answer the awestruck audience question, How did they DO that?
As an appetizer, we’re delighted to share this cool behind-the-scenes clip in which director Travis Knight, lighting/camera lead Dean Holmes, animation supervisor Brad Schiff and voice star Charlize Theron (Monkey) discuss how all the elements of artistry, engineering and movie magic come together to address the unique challenges of stop-motion animation.
Cross-release bonus highlights include audio commentary with director/producer Travis Knight and “Corners of the Earth”; BD releases also include the “Kubo’s Journey” behind-the-scenes series (Japanese Inspiration, Mythological Monsters, Braving the Elements, The Redemptive and Healing Power of Magic, plus intro and epilogue by Knight), and “The Myth of Kubo.”
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure 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.