Young Kubo (Art Parkinson) mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning fantastical tales. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo journeys on an action-packed quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father, discover his own magical powers, and reunite his family.
This is one of those films that comes along and surprises and amazes you in so many ways. It manages to balance the line between a film that would appeal to kids and a darker more dramatic film that would get the attention of adults. I loved the story and how it focused on loss but yet a gave a fantastically hopeful message as well as some great humor mixed in. I was a bit concerned at first seeing as I was watching it with my 6 year old son. I thought that he would get a little creeped out by some of the imagery but he ended up loving it SO much. The main thing and most impressive thing about the film was the work that was put in to create it. With a cinematic experience like this I couldn’t help but see just how complex and difficult it may have been to create one frame of film. Something like that truly makes you appreciate the movie even more. I can easily recommend picking this up and if you’re a lover of LAIKA’s previous films then this will be a movie that you won’t want to miss. 9/10
Kubo’s Journey – A fantastic six part series that goes in depth about the creative process including story creation, scene building and the animation process.
Corners of the Earth – A great look at the journey that the characters take and the how the animators created the maquettes.
The Myth of Kubo – This feature focuses on the overall themes of the movie.
Feature Commentary With Director/Producer Travis Knight