If you hate Minions as much as I do, you’re in luck. Kubo and the Two Strings is the latest film by production company Laika, who seems to be single-handedly keeping stop motion animation alive. It will be the directorial debut of Laika’s CEO, Travis Knight.
Originally contracted to work on Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Laika burst onto the scene with Coraline in 2009, directed by animation veteran Henry Selick. Coraline received high critical praise for both its art, and its darker, more mature narrative. Laika followed it up with ParaNorman in 2012, and The Boxtrolls in 2014. All three films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Despite losing Henry Selick (whose own stop motion project The Shadow King has mysteriously disappeared), Laika continues to prove that they’re on the forefront of animation. Kubo looks to be another brilliant piece of work, coupled with vocal talent from the likes of Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and George Takei.
Check out the trailer below!
Kubo and the Two Strings is set to release on August 19th, 2016.