kubo and the two strings

Set to a devastatingly beautiful and haunting Eastern Asian influenced instrumental version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the trailer for the upcoming stop motion film, Kubo and the Two Strings is truly breathtaking. Audiences have set a high bar for Laika Entertainment (Coraline, Boxtrolls) and once again, they do not disappoint.

FUN NOTE: The voice of Kubo is young actor Art Parkinson who played Rickon on Game of Thrones – the youngest Stark who is off somewhere with Osha the Wildling.

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.

Kubo and the Two Strings is set for release on August 19, 2016.

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