The Golden Globe nominated stop-motion animation children’s film Kubo and the Two Strings is out on Blu-ray and DVD next week and it is definitely a film you need to own.
Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a young boy Kubo who mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning fantastical tales. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo journeys on an action-packed quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father, discover his own magical powers, and reunite his family.
It is the latest film from Laika, the animation studio behind the Academy Award®-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. Starring the voice talents of Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Kubo and the Two Strings also stars an all-star supporting voice cast including George Takei (Star Trek), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Man in the High Castle), and Academy Award® nominees Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter), Brenda Vaccaro (“Johnny Bravo”), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Kubo and the Two Strings is out now on digital platforms, and on Blu-ray and DVD from 16th January, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK). Pre-order here: http://amzn.to/2iDoQGV
Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™
- Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Travis Knight
- The Myth of Kubo: Cast and filmmakers discuss the story at the core of Kubo and the Two Strings.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD
- Introduction by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight introduces “Kubo’s Journey.”
- Mythological Monsters: The filmmakers and crew discuss the new techniques they used to create the terrifying antagonists. Learn how each monster differed in scale, design, and execution.
- Braving the Elements: A particularly challenging aspect of filming was animating water and rain effects. Discover how LAIKA was able to animate water in the context of a stop-motion film.
- The Redemptive and Healing Power of Music: Learn how traditional and contemporary musical styles were combined by Academy Award®-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) to infuse the film with such a heartfelt sound.
- Epilogue by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight discusses what attracted LAIKA to Kubo and the Two Strings.
- Japanese Inspiration: The LAIKA creative team and the cast discuss the inspirations for the story.
- Corners of the Earth: Filmmakers and crew discuss the challenges of the varied landscapes and locations in Kubo and the Two Strings.
Website & trailer: http://www.kubomovie.co.uk/