New ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Movie Trailer

LAIKA’s CG Hybrid Extravaganza

A new full-length trailer for LAIKA and Focus Features next film, Kubo and the Two Strings has arrived along with a trio of new movie posters featuring the titular Kubo (Art Parkinson), Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).

As you may have noticed already, Oscar winners McConaughey and Theron make their animated movie debut with LAIKA’s CG hybrid extravaganza set in a fantastic Japan that features mythical beasts, samurais and more.

The new movie from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman) also features the voice talents of Rooney Mara, George Takei, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro. LAIKA head Travis Knight makes his feature directorial debut with the film set for release on August 19, 2016.

Watch the trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings, set to a cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Wow! This looks like another visually gorgeous film from the makers of Coraline and the Boxtrolls. So unique too. Plus, best trailer song of the year.

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), Akihiro (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.