Laika’s latest animated creation is the action adventure film Kubo and the Two Strings from writers Marc Haimes and Chris Butler and director Travis Knight. Focus Features has just released a new trailer for the fantasy adventure featuring the voices of Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective), Charlize Theron (Mad Mad: Fury Road), Ralph Fiennes (Spectre), Rooney Mara (Carol), George Takei (Star Trek), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro. Kubo and the Two Strings is opening in theaters on August 19, 2016.
The Plot: Clever, kindhearted Kubo (Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (Takei), Akihiro (Tagawa), and Kameyo (Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Theron) and Beetle (McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.