Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings is a fantasy adventure comedy in volume animation, produced by Laika and directed by Travis Knight on a screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. This is Laika’s fourth animated feature film, after Coraline (2009), Norman’s Strange Power (2012) and Les boxtrolls (2014).
The film is released on August 19, 2016 in the United States.
Kubo is a young one-eyed boy living on the edge of a small village in medieval Japan, watching over his mother who seems completely conscious only a few hours a day. He makes his living by telling stories using his origami animated by the magic of his shamisen. His life is turned upside down when, in spite of his mother’s warnings, he remains outside after dark, allowing his grandfather, the Moon King, to spot him and send his daughters, two twin sisters with immense powers, trying to steal his other eye. They destroy the village and Kubo is saved only by the intervention of his mother who sacrifices himself to allow him to escape.
Following the latter’s last wishes, the young boy then set out in search of the magic armor that his father, the powerful samurai Hanzo, had assembled in his lifetime, composed of three elements: the unbreakable sword, the impenetrable breastplate and the indestructible helmet. He is helped in his quest by Monkey (or macaque in Quebec), a talking monkey, his mother’s last avatar before his death, and by Scarab, an amnesiac Samurai turned into a giant beetle.
Title: Kubo and the Magic Armour
Original title: Kubo and the Two Strings
Director: Travis Knight
Screenplay: Marc Haimes, Shannon Tindle et Chris Butler
Editing: Christopher Murrie (en)
Music: Dario Marianelli
Production: Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner (en)
Production company: Laika
Distribution company: Focus Features (USA), Universal Pictures (France)
Country: United States flag United States
Genre: animation in volume, adventure, fantasy
Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards 2016: Best Animation Film
National Board of Review Awards 2016: Best Animation Film
British Academy Film Awards 2017: Best Animation Film