Stop-motion animation studio Laika has released one last look at their upcoming fantasy adventure film, Kubo and the Two Strings. What we’ve seen so far has already got me giddy for this picture so a little more won’t hurt. Check out the last trailer right now!
I still can’t help but bob my head when that awesome rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” plays. This trailer also does a good job of selling the humor of the picture, especially Matthew McConaughey’s character Beetle.
Laika has been killing it with their feature films; ParaNorman and Coraline are some of the best children’s movies in recent memory. The Boxtrolls wasn’t quite on the same level as those two but it was still a perfectly enjoyable diversion. What makes Laika special isn’t just that they are producing animated films in an artform no major studio is pursuing, but that you can tell how much care and passion is behind these projects. And with the advent of 3D printing, their model work has gotten even more astounding.
I’m a big proponent of animated films that aren’t strictly CG affairs; 2D animation and stop-motion offer their own unique ways of telling a story and often allow for more fantastical imagery. In particular, stop-motion animation has a flow and a rhythm to it that can’t be replicated. There’s also this wonderful feeling of knowing that you’re looking at a physical object that is being manipulated into becoming a living character. It’s the ultimate realization of playing with action figures and dolls!
I’m all for more Wreck-It Ralphs but Kubo and the Two Strings looks like something special. If the story and characters can live up to the awe-inspiring visuals, Laika may have a genuine masterpiece on their hands. We’ll find out when the film releases on August 19. Hey, have a new poster while you’re at it!