Focus Features has released a new, and presumably final, trailer for Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings. The stop-motion/CG-hybrid fantasy/action-adventure is set in a mythical Japan and offers no shortage of fantastical creatures and settings.
All eyes will be on Travis Knight, who is making his directorial debut with Kubo, Laika’s fourth film. Knight, who also produced the film, is the president and CEO of Laika, and has been the company’s head of animation and lead animator on previous features.
At this point, Laika’s technical chops are irreproachable. With each new film, the studio continues to push stop motion animation to dazzling new heights. The only question that remains is whether they can marry their technology with compelling storytelling, which has been the studio’s Achilles’ heel for the past couple films. Consequently, each of their releases has grossed less domestically than the previous film, and Boxtrolls barely cracked the $50 million mark.