Sadly, the brilliant animators at Laika are still trying to draw whatever attention they can to their latest, gorgeous stop-motion film, Kubo and the Two Strings. They've now released multiple trailers featuring the starry voice cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Art Parkinson, and Charlize Theron, and while fans of the studio's work may be excited there simply isn't much buzz. Hopefully this latest trailer can turn things around because the film looks incredible.
Here's the official synopsis for the Tokyo-set adventure, which feaures spirits, samurai, magical weapons, and more:
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 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 opens August 19th.