Kubo and the Two Strings

Taking Stop-Motion Animation to New Heights

When almost the entire special effects industry is gravitating towards CGI, it is encouraging to see some studios still relying on traditional, practical effects techniques to make their films. And when the results are as breathtaking and outstanding as the sequences in the videos you are about to watch, we really need to sit back and rethink our approach towards film-making.

Kubo and the Two Strings ‘Creating the VFX’ Featurette (2016)

Kubo and the Two Strings ‘Creatures of Darkness’ Featurette (2016)


Daniel Alderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls), takes viewers behind the scenes to show what he does as a stop motion animator


Travis Knight, the director of the movie explains how they built the different puppets for the characters in the movie


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Customer Review

Profoundly moving and visually stunning
Like “Song of the Sea,” this film for our family was profoundly moving, visually stunning, entertaining, mystical, and very heartwarming. It was also a great departure from the usual animations that adopt the Disney formula, which might be a turn-off for viewers that either prefer cookie-cutter endings or dislike the more mentally-engaged consumer experience (where audiences have to do a bit of deductive reasoning). For us, though, this film was a welcomed departure as it allowed us to discuss real life topics with our kids (teenager and 5-year-old) that even adults have difficulty reconciling. The most notable one was that of personal loss, specifically the loss of a loved one. This by far was the film’s greatest strength as Kubo shows us how to properly grieve and mourn, as well as how to move on.

At the beginning of the film Kubo was consumed with questions of why, as in why was he stuck with such personal sadness; by the end, he found the strength and courage to transition himself to questions of how, as in how to move on from his loss (e.g., his surprising actions and those of the villagers at the end of the film simply reflected how many Asian cultures try to deal positively with personal loss). That really struck a chord with our family, especially with our kids who greatly admired Kubo for his kindness, strength, and dedication to appreciating all that human life has to offer, even if that includes a life of emotional hardship.

With that said I would advise parents to screen the film first before showing it to their kids, in case their kids are not yet mentally and/or emotionally ready to handle such topics. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful film that will surely resonate with its viewers for many years to come.


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