Laika’s fourth film, Kubo and the Two Strings, looks to be the studio’s most different yet, an honest-to-goodness action-adventure film set in a mythic Japan. It’s a bold vision in the U.S. feature animation landscape which rarely ventures into serious adventure territory.
The studio released a teaser trailer this morning, which gives a taste of the film’s ornate visual style and epic setting:
Kubo will mark the directorial debut of animator Travis Knight, who is also the CEO of Laika, and is written by Marc Haimes, a studio executive-turned-screenwriter, and Chris Butler (writer and co-director, ParaNorman). The idea is based on a concept originally brought to the studio by animation artist Shannon Tindle.