The innovative artists at LAIKA have revolutionized the stop motion animation industry with their critically-acclaimed hits Coraline, ParaNorman and last year's The Boxtrolls. Last month, we showed you the first trailer for their next project, Kubo and the Two Strings, set to hit theaters on October 19, but today we have a new full-length trailer with even more footage. If that wasn't enough, Focus Feaatures has debuted three new character posters, featuring Kubo (Art Parkinson), Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).
Kubo and the Two Strings is 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), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kamekichi (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.
The film marks the directorial debut of LAIKA CEO and president Travis Knight, who served as lead animator on Coraline, ParaNorman and last year's The Boxtrolls. The filmmaker is working from a script by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman). Focus Features has set an August 19, 2016 release date for Kubo and the Two Strings, putting it up against Warner Bros.' Arms & the Dudes.
This adventure is the first in a new three-picture deal between LAIKA and Focus Features, although it isn't known what other projects the studios are developing quite yet. Will you be heading to your local theater this summer to see the animated action of Kubo and the Two Strings unfold? Take a look at the new trailer, along with the three character posters, and stay tuned for more on Kubo and the Two Strings.