Kubo and the Two Strings

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2016

This sweet animated 3D movie is absolutely awesome. If you can imagine Ancient Japanese Folklore joining the incredible Japanese art of Origami, and mixed with a touch of magic, then you will have an idea of how special this movie is! The kaleidoscope of colours, scary and mythical creatures and a heart-warming story make seeing this movie a unique experience.

Despite the fact that it is animated, it’s not for the teeny tinies, but older kids and adults will love it.

The movie is set in ancient Japan, where Kubo, a young boy lives with his mother on top of a mountain. His mom is weak and spends a lot of her time dwelling in the past, whilst Kubo goes to a nearby village. The villagers gather in anticipation to hear Kubo’s exciting stories and wonder at the pieces of paper that magically form into origami creations conjured up by the music he plays on his shamisen. His stories centre around a great Samurai warrior named Hanzo, who in reality, is Kubo's missing father.

He has strict instructions from his mother to be home before dark or her sisters and his grandfather, the Moon King, who took one of Kubo’s eyes as an infant, will come to take his remaining eye.

One day Kubo arrives at the cemetery where the villagers are making contact with deceased loved ones and he tries to speak to his late father but he is saddened as his dad does not respond to him, and in his anger forgets to return to his mother before dark. His mother’s evil sisters find him and the adventure for survival begins… And what an adventure it is!

Lose yourself in this beautiful fantasy movie, directed by Travis Knight, produced by Laika, and voiced by an all-star cast including Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes and Mathew McConaughy.

The movie is classified PG 10-12 and releases at cinemas countrywide on 19 August 2016.

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