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New ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’ Trailer

Following up on a well received teaser launch last month, Laika unveiled a full trailer this morning for its next film, Kubo and the Two Strings.

The new trailer doesn’t reveal a lot of plot points, but does show off more of Laika’s stop motion skill, which is unparalleled in the animation industry.

Focus Features, which has released all of Laika’s previous features (Coraline, Paranorman, The Boxtrolls), will launch Kubo in the U.S. on August 19, 2016. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film abroad.

Click to enlarge the new posters below:

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  • adam

    Words cannot describe how excited I am to see this.

  • who knows about the story, but visually this could be a really fun film, I’m psyched~

  • I’m really excited for this film! Looking forward to it Laika!

  • well It certainly looks gorgeous. Lets hope the characters/script hold up. LAIKA has proven to come up with pretty interesting stories/concepts for all of their films, but I felt like the characters and script was pretty weak in Paranorman and especially Boxtrolls. Paranorman was perfectly decent I guess, but god, Boxtrolls, was a disappointment that film was for me.

    This certainly looks promising. I will say though, kind of like with The Book of Life, I feel like some of the voice actors are misplaced. These super-Caucasian-sounding actors voicing Japanese characters ehhhh…I know having A-list celebrities doing voice acting in animated movies sells more tickets, I keep telling myself I have to accept that fact, but it would have been nice to have at least one more actual-Japanese person in the main cast besides Takei.
    They could have at least gotten an Asian-American kid to voice Kubo. The kid who IS voicing him doesn’t seem to be a A-B list actor. He’s been in past films like San Andreas, and Dracula Untold. He IS in Game of Thrones, so maybe that’s why they cast him, but, *sigh* when I did see Book of Life, the non-Latino voice actors who I thought would annoy the hell out of me, ended up being passable, so maybe it’ll work fine in Kubo.

    • The_Purple_People_Eater

      I see your point but I think they should just hire actual voice actors, regardless of race. It’s the voice they are casting, not the actor. I never had a problem with Phil LaMarr playing Samurai Jack, I actually wouldn’t prefer anyone else.

      Also, I would debate that A-list actors actually have a huge effect on whether or not the movie is seen or has longevity. I truly believe it’s just a dumb trend that uninformed executives picked up on, ignoring the fact that films like Finding Nemo or Toy Story could have been voiced by nobodies and it would have still been a hit.

  • I’m speechless.

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  • Rodrigo

    Loved Coraline, but I didn’t think the two follow ups were in the same class. If this trailer is any indication it should be a big step up.

  • WanderPony

    This looks really cool, but I thought that the beetle character was really small. (That’s how he was depicted in the previous trailer and poster.)

    Is he a size shifter or something?

    • jojo

      Actually in the first poster, i don’t think it was the beetle character on Kubo’s instrument. It’s a little origami knight.

  • Rick Dolishny

    This is gorgeous. If Miyazaki did stop motion it might look like this. I was actually a little disappointed when I saw all those A list Hollywood voice actors. It was so charming before I saw the names, now I’m afraid to be disappointed. Still, as trailers go that’s incredible.

  • Doconnor

    That’s how you compete with the big guys!

  • Thomas Hufnagl

    Simply amazing

  • quasimike

    I think I’m gonna really Laika this film!

  • locboichis

    Laika has really developed thier own sytle in stop motion and this LOOKS amazing . Hope the story holds up and the action. Their stages are massive n beautiul to look at. High hopes

  • Metlow Rovenstein

    Well, as an ordinary moviegoer, I gotta say that Laika and Focus Pictures succeeded in making a worthwhile trailer.

  • Skip

    One issue that I have always had with Stop motion Animation is that the films always seem to fit into what I would call (For lack of a better term) Children’s horror. A Nightmare Before Christmas, the Corpse Bride, Coraline, and Para Norman for example. Not that there is anything wrong with those films, it just seemed like the Stop Motion was primarily being used for films that fit into that category.

    From what I’ve seen so far with this film looks really good, I’m glad to see a different direction is being taken for Stop Motion.

  • Bob

    I think being slightly inspired by the Japanese aesthetic was a good step for laika…. I felt like paranorman and box trolls were a little heavy visually… Lots of jagged, very stylized things competing with each other on screen. Especially paranorman…. But I really like the look of this. It has that laika feel, but also holds back just enough. The trailer is way more story oriented which I love. The box trolls trailers where the emphasis was on the hand made aspect of the films rather than showing a bit of the story was odd and a bit self congratulatory and left me not sold on why I should watch the movie. Let’s hope this movies story is as good as the visual aspect!

  • elliot Lobell

    LOVE the design in this film. It’s incredible what they do with their characters.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    This looks absolutely compelling and I am totally loving that version of ” While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in the background.

  • Trinosaur

    I can’t wait for this movie. It looks gorgeous and I hope it does well. Laiku doesn’t disappoint!