Kubo and the Two Strings

92 mins
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Stop motion animated fantasy adventure from Laika (ParaNorman), set in ancient Japan, following a boy who must find help when... More

Where to watch Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is available to stream in... More New Zealand now on Apple TV Store and TVNZ+.

Kubo and the Two Strings | Ratings & Reviews

"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."

Flicks, Liam MagurenFlicks

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


"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."

Time OutTime Out

"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."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

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

The GuardianThe Guardian

"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."


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

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

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

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

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

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

Kubo and the Two Strings | Details

Award winner
Best Animated Film, BAFTAs 2017
PG, Violence & scary scenes
Adventure, Fantasy, Kids & Family
Country of origin