There are movies which pull the audience onto their feet and draw out a round of applause. But when a two-minute trailer can achieve that same adulation, it’s pure genius. The trailer of the upcoming animated movie Kubo and the Two Strings gave me the goosebumps, and when it ended, such a sense of joy exploded that I could not hold back the applause. This is one of the most beautifully pieced together trailers that I have seen and before we dig into what the movie holds, get enthralled with the almost dialogue-free amazing trailer of Kubo and the Two Strings with an out-of-the-world rendition of Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps playing in the background.
Which animation studio has made the movie: Kubo and the Two Strings comes from the lesser known Laika Productions. It’s one of the few studios still working with stop-motion animation technique while the world has moved to animation based on computer generated imagery. The studio’s past movies – Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls – have won a lot of acclaim though did not really achieve much box-office success.
What’s the latest movie about: The movie’s story is based out of Japan where Kubo is living a peaceful life on a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down. Kubo is now being chased by gods and monsters; he must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior, to survive. The adventure has begun!
Who are part of the voice cast: You can distinctly hear two voices, apart from that of Kubo, in the trailer – Charlize Theron as the Monkey and Matthew McConaughey as the huge beetle guy speaking right at the end. It gets only better with Rooney Mara and the polished Ralph Fiennes too part of the cast. Young Art Parkinson, better known for his portrayal of Rickon Stark in the TV series Game of Thrones, will voice Kubo.
Who is directing the movie: Travis Knight, who is CEO of Laika Productions and has worked in the animation department for its previous movies, will make his debut as a director with Kubo and the Two Strings. Let’s hope the final movie is as splendid as this trailer!
Kubo and the Two Strings is scheduled to release in the USA on August 19, 2016.