Kubo and the Two Strings. 2016. USA. Directed by Travis Knight. 101 min.
Laika, the animation studio that brought us Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas, has delivered once again, earning near-universal acclaim for its latest masterwork, coproduced with Focus Features. Kubo and the Two Strings, a 3-D stop-motion fantasy set in ancient Japan, is a breathtaking homage to the art of origami, its intricately folded paper samurai, animal companions, and chimerical creatures moving with dizzying precision within fantastical landscapes of infinite mystery and beauty. This is folkloric storytelling at its best, delivering timeless, sophisticated truths about loss, fear, and resilience in the guise of an utterly funny and charming children’s adventure story. Courtesy of Focus Features