Released on DVD and Blu-Ray on the 16th January, the Golden Globe nominated film is directed by Travis Knight. To celebrate the release of the film, here is a glimpse of some of the original concept art for the film…

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From the animation studio Laika, creators of films such as Coraline, Paranorman and The Boxtrolls comes this new adventure film of a young boy with magic powers who goes on a quest to discover his familiy’s legacy.

Featuring the vocal talents of of Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Kubo and the Two Stings was received well by critics and has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.

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The film is also supported vocally by  George Takei (Star Trek) and Academy Award® nominees Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter), Brenda Vaccaro (“Johnny Bravo”), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

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Here is what critics had to say about the film:

The Guardian: ***** “stands out for its complexity, seductively dark themes and the extraordinary beauty of its animation.”

The Independent: **** “scenes go from rip-roaring to breathless with a fluidity brought to life by the deployment of real-life puppets; with utmost care applied to every shot, the adults will be marvelling as much as the youngsters.”

The Verge: “The movie is a huge swing, and delivers a level of visual wonder and magic that the likes of Pixar or Disney Animation simply can’t match.”

The Telegraph: **** “This is Laika’s ravishing attempt at meta-stop-motion.”

Empire: **** “It’s a beautifully animated tale (keep your eyes on the way Kubo’s hair moves) that balances story with comedy and moments of effective (if light) horror.”

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Time Out: **** “Kubo and the Two Strings is swoonworthy in its vibrant visuals that span across unruly seas, lush landscapes and vivid seasonal colors.”

Rolling Stone: **** “while magical is a word that gets thrown around a lot about the movies, few actually deserve to be called that. Kubo and the Two Strings does, and in spades.”

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/2hQAqiG 

 

 

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