Later today I'll be heading to Portland to visit LAIKA studios and go on the set of Kubo and the Two Strings, coming to theaters in August.
While I have visited studios that create both live action and animated movies, this will be my first visit to a studio that creates stop motion films and I'm super excited about that! Even if you're not familiar with the term “stop motion”, you have certainly seen it. It's the type of film where the camera is repeatedly stopped and started and while it's stopped the figures of the characters are moved a tiny bit each time to give the appearance of movement. To get a glimpse, check out the trailer:
More about the movie:
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan 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.
While I'll be limited as to what I can share about the set visit until sometime in July, be sure to follow the hashtag #KuboMovie on Twitter and Facebook and you'll be able to read everything we have to share as soon as it's available!
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