Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

Stop motion animated fantasy adventure from Laika (ParaNorman), set in ancient Japan, following a boy who must find help when a vengeful spirit is released. Features Oscar-winning voices Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, as well as nominees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro.

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (Art Parkinson, 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 (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 (Theron) and Beetle (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 (Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Best Animated Film, BAFTAs 2017
2016Rating: PG, Mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare young children92 minsUSA
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Laika Entertainment is an animation studio to be adored. From Coraline to ParaNorman to 2014’s stupendous The Boxtrolls, they are continually pushing themselves as well as cinematic stop motion art in general. This trend hasn’t changed; Kubo and the Two Strings is the most beautiful film Laika has created.

4.0
0

Kubo and the Two Strings is easily one of the best animated film in 2016.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated movie produced by Laika (ParaNorman, Coraline)starring Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron. Hunted by his Grandfather his daughters, Kubo must find three items to protect him from The Moon King. Accompanied by a monkey and a samurai beetle Kubo goes into a life changing journey that...

5.0
0

Charming but lengthy.

Easily as good as the reviews have suggested and well worth the ticket price. The combination of claymation and origami felt very special. I did find it overly long and some of the American actors seemed out of context. George Clooney seemed to have modelled his character on Buzz Lightyear. I was a bit confused about the 2 string aspect as the musical...

4.0
0

Charming and poignant

Going in to "Kubo" I had no expectations. On watching it, I found it to be enchanting and engaging. This is what animation should be striving for - a rich story and mythology, nuanced characters, conflict and solution. The story is simple enough for children, but deep and engaging enough for adults. And the artistry of the film is fantastic. Some spooky...

5.0
0

Enjoyable and Intelligent Movie

Everyone enjoyed the movie from the 7 year old's to the adults. Good story line, well made and well worth going. Would go again.

4.0
0

Kubo and the small Guitar, Monkey and Amnesiac Beetle

Kubo and The Two Strings Beautiful story that was a wonderful reminder to me about the children’s films that really rock us. Reminding me of ‘Never-ending Story’, ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Dark Crystal’, and ‘5th Element’ with hints to 'Star Wars’. Truly lovely story yet even with stop motion children feel to it, it’s very dark and quite evil in parts, may scare a few...

5.0
0

Both beautiful to watch and surprisingly meaningful, a rare gem

I took my family to see this and we all loved it, which was an amazing feat bearing in mid it was my four and a half year old son's first ever film at the cinema. It certainly delivered, and was an almost flawless package. The animation is an interesting blend of puppetry and CGI which is quirky yet simply spellbinding to watch, the characterisation and...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

With its staggering visuals and genuine heart, Laika chief Travis Knight's fantastical samurai adventure puts the emotion in stop-motion.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Despite the occasionally laboured writing (with attempts at humour that are dry and distancing), Kubo and the Two Strings is swoonworthy in its vibrant visuals that span across unruly seas, lush landscapes and vivid seasonal colors.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Knight has put together a picture that hits a lot of all-ages-entertainment sweet spots while avoiding hackneyed conventions, and ends up delivering what feels like a sincere family-friendly message.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

I'm not inclined to give a pass to a family film that indoctrinates an irrational belief system just because it's novel.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Tolerably thrilling for primary age children, the dark-tinged, dreamlike Kubo is a welcome antidote to the usual brash and sometimes brusque traditional Hollywood animated fare.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Both Theron and McConaughey are excellent and, along with Game of Thrones' Art Parkinson, who voices Kubo, they're an endearing trio.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An eye-popping delight that deftly blends colorful folklore with gorgeous, origami-informed visuals to immersive effect.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Yet another success for stop-motion giants Laika, Kubo boasts big laughs and effective scares in a typically gorgeous animated tale.

4.0
0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Laika Entertainment is an animation studio to be adored. From Coraline to ParaNorman to 2014’s stupendous The Boxtrolls, they are continually pushing themselves as well as cinematic stop motion art in general. This trend hasn’t changed; Kubo and the Two Strings is the most beautiful film Laika has created.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

With its staggering visuals and genuine heart, Laika chief Travis Knight's fantastical samurai adventure puts the emotion in stop-motion.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Despite the occasionally laboured writing (with attempts at humour that are dry and distancing), Kubo and the Two Strings is swoonworthy in its vibrant visuals that span across unruly seas, lush landscapes and vivid seasonal colors.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Knight has put together a picture that hits a lot of all-ages-entertainment sweet spots while avoiding hackneyed conventions, and ends up delivering what feels like a sincere family-friendly message.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

I'm not inclined to give a pass to a family film that indoctrinates an irrational belief system just because it's novel.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Tolerably thrilling for primary age children, the dark-tinged, dreamlike Kubo is a welcome antidote to the usual brash and sometimes brusque traditional Hollywood animated fare.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Both Theron and McConaughey are excellent and, along with Game of Thrones' Art Parkinson, who voices Kubo, they're an endearing trio.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An eye-popping delight that deftly blends colorful folklore with gorgeous, origami-informed visuals to immersive effect.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Yet another success for stop-motion giants Laika, Kubo boasts big laughs and effective scares in a typically gorgeous animated tale.

4.0
0

Kubo and the Two Strings is easily one of the best animated film in 2016.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated movie produced by Laika (ParaNorman, Coraline)starring Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron. Hunted by his Grandfather his daughters, Kubo must find three items to protect him from The Moon King. Accompanied by a monkey and a samurai beetle Kubo goes into a life changing journey that...

5.0
0

Charming but lengthy.

Easily as good as the reviews have suggested and well worth the ticket price. The combination of claymation and origami felt very special. I did find it overly long and some of the American actors seemed out of context. George Clooney seemed to have modelled his character on Buzz Lightyear. I was a bit confused about the 2 string aspect as the musical...

4.0
0

Charming and poignant

Going in to "Kubo" I had no expectations. On watching it, I found it to be enchanting and engaging. This is what animation should be striving for - a rich story and mythology, nuanced characters, conflict and solution. The story is simple enough for children, but deep and engaging enough for adults. And the artistry of the film is fantastic. Some spooky...

5.0
0

Enjoyable and Intelligent Movie

Everyone enjoyed the movie from the 7 year old's to the adults. Good story line, well made and well worth going. Would go again.

4.0
0

Kubo and the small Guitar, Monkey and Amnesiac Beetle

Kubo and The Two Strings Beautiful story that was a wonderful reminder to me about the children’s films that really rock us. Reminding me of ‘Never-ending Story’, ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Dark Crystal’, and ‘5th Element’ with hints to 'Star Wars’. Truly lovely story yet even with stop motion children feel to it, it’s very dark and quite evil in parts, may scare a...

5.0
0

Both beautiful to watch and surprisingly meaningful, a rare gem

I took my family to see this and we all loved it, which was an amazing feat bearing in mid it was my four and a half year old son's first ever film at the cinema. It certainly delivered, and was an almost flawless package. The animation is an interesting blend of puppetry and CGI which is quirky yet simply spellbinding to watch, the characterisation and...

5.0
0