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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

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Travis Knight

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Marc Haimes (screenplay by), Chris Butler (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Parkinson ... Kubo (voice)
Charlize Theron ... Mother (voice)
Brenda Vaccaro ... Kameyo (voice)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Hashi (voice)
Meyrick Murphy ... Mari (voice)
George Takei ... Hosato (voice)
Rooney Mara ... The Sisters (voice)
Ralph Fiennes ... Moon King (voice)
Matthew McConaughey ... Beetle (voice)
Minae Noji ... Minae (voice)
Alpha Takahashi ... Aiko (voice)
Laura Miro ... Miho (voice)
Ken Takemoto Ken Takemoto ... Ken (voice)
Aaron Aoki ... Villager (voice)
Luke Donaldson ... Villager (voice)
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Storyline

Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Be bold. Be brave. Be epic See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kubo and the Two Strings See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,608,372, 21 August 2016

Gross USA:

$48,023,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,249,438
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kubo had over 48 million possible facial expressions and a total of 23,187 prototype faces were created for him. See more »

Goofs

On the afternoon of the village festival as Kameyo is talking with Kubo, the wall behind them has a large round shadow of a paper lantern which isn't there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kubo: [narrating] If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see and hear, no matter how unusual it may seem. And please be warned: If you fidget, if you look away, if you forget any part of what I tell you - even for an instant - then our hero will surely perish.
[baby crying]
Kubo: His name is Kubo. His grandfather stole something from him. And that really is the least of it.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the Laika production logo displays tributes to its previous films:
  • a cat runs through a door (from Coraline (2009))
  • a zombie's hand and Norman's head (from ParaNorman (2012))
  • some Boxtrolls (from The Boxtrolls (2014))
  • and finally, Kubo himself appears.
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The Impossible Waves
Written by Dario Marianelli
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A movie of epic proportions. Lovers of film, animation, storytelling, do not miss out on this one!!!
19 August 2016 | by ThekeybaldemasterrisesSee all my reviews

Kubo and the Two Strings might be one of the best movies I've seen all year. In a crowded year of comic book movies, sequels, and remakes, that's probably not saying much. I wanted to be fair though and look at those movies with an open mind and a little background on their franchises for what each movie wanted to accomplish. However I've been waiting for so long to see something fresh, original, and holy cow this was it. Kubo is a stop motion animated film by Laika studios who've produced Coraline, Paranorman, and the Box Trolls. I really enjoyed Coraline and didn't really like Paranorman or the Box Trolls so I had no idea what to expect from this movie. My friend and I went opening night because the trailers looked interesting, and we were into the entire run time. It's so beautifully shot, the story is simple yet engaging, and the action is just amazing to behold. I don't want to give away anything about the story because I went into this movie blind not knowing that much and I think people should try to do the same. It's surprisingly also very funny! My friend and I just looked at each other shocked at how much this movie made us laugh. The characters are great and the voice work is very impressive. Everything about this movie is just so impressive. For little kids maybe it's not something to hold their interest, but older kids and adults I think should seriously consider checking this out. It's a fun, well written, and very emotional story. Not only should this movie win best animated feature so far, it should be nominated for best picture I'm serious! Lovers of film, animation, storytelling. PLEASEEEE go out and support this movie I heard it will have a low opening weekend and it's such a shame. We need to make this film a hit I want more animated movies of this quality, check it out!


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