Whoa…LAIKA’s New Stop-Motion Flick Is a Samurai Movie, and the Teaser Is Amazing


I think I have a new most-anticipated movie of 2016. How they did that ocean in stop-motion, I know not. They could have just shown us that and I’d be good, but then the rest…mind blown.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kamekichi (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.

Never mind all that. Just watch the pretty pictures and wonderful toys with their swords and stuff.

With Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, LAIKA still has a perfect record. I don’t see that changing here. One day they will have their Cars 2, but may that day not show its dirty face for a while.