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, Violence & scary scenes92 minsUSA
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy
95%
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Reviews & comments

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

Captivating from the very start. A beautiful film, both visually and through the story it tells so well. Highly recommended for all ages. It even makes Matthew McConaughey likeable, which is the highest praise I can give it. Stick around for the credits which gives you a little behind the scenes treat.

4.0
0

What an amazing film, the best I have seen in a long time. It didn't matter that it was animated, the film pulled you in to an exciting storyline that the more it went on the more you wanted. An incredible boy who has a story to tell. I will be recommended this film to all my friends. If you have to blink.... do it now!

5.0
0

What an amazing film. My family and I went in knowing nothing of the story and within seconds of it starting, we were mesmerised. Beautifully made animation and fantastical storytelling delivers the perfect blend of humour, horror and heart. Definite parental guidance required for younger viewers, but my 5 yr old thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm so happy to...

5.0
0

Right from the opening scenes this film is beautifully animated, with an engaging story. Our hole family loved it. Scattered with laughs and beautifully deep moments. Well worth a trip to the movies to see it, regardless of age.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Captivating from the very start. A beautiful film, both visually and through the story it tells so well. Highly recommended for all ages. It even makes Matthew McConaughey likeable, which is the highest praise I can give it. Stick around for the credits which gives you a little behind the scenes treat.

4.0
0

What an amazing film, the best I have seen in a long time. It didn't matter that it was animated, the film pulled you in to an exciting storyline that the more it went on the more you wanted. An incredible boy who has a story to tell. I will be recommended this film to all my friends. If you have to blink.... do it now!

5.0
0

What an amazing film. My family and I went in knowing nothing of the story and within seconds of it starting, we were mesmerised. Beautifully made animation and fantastical storytelling delivers the perfect blend of humour, horror and heart. Definite parental guidance required for younger viewers, but my 5 yr old thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm so happy to...

5.0
0

Right from the opening scenes this film is beautifully animated, with an engaging story. Our hole family loved it. Scattered with laughs and beautifully deep moments. Well worth a trip to the movies to see it, regardless of age.

5.0
0