LAIKA’s fourth animated feature has been officially announced: Kubo and the Two Strings. The film opens in theaters nationwide on August 19, 2016, distributed by Focus Features.
Kubo and the Two Strings will be directed by Travis Knight, with a voice cast that includes Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron and Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro. Art Parkinson is providing the voice for the title character of Kubo.
From an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman), the new movie is a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.
In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shore-side village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.