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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Final Trailer, New Clip, and Behind the Scenes Images Unveiled

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As the release date to Kubo and the Two Strings draws nearer, three exciting promos popped up recently: a final trailer, a short clip, and a look behind the scenes.

The first clip released from Focus Features reveals the movie’s humor and spooky mystery as Kubo, Beetle, and Monkey try to retrieve a sword from a skeletal hand. It gives you an instant callback to the creepiness of LAIKA’s second feature film ParaNorman which begs the question: will this movie be too scary for some children?


The fourth and final trailer is short but very sweet as we see Kubo interact with his mother, before showing us more of the magic and imagination we’ve come to expect from LAIKA.


Haleigh Foutch, a journalist for Collider, was lucky enough to visit LAIKA studios in Portland, Oregon, to photograph behind the scenes of Kubo and the Two Strings. Below is a mere sample of the astounding effects and detail that goes into the studio’s stop-motion animated features. See over ninety more behind the scenes photos of puppets, sets, costumes, and props on Collider here.

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Kubo and the Two Stringis an epic adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. 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 (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew 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.

Focus Features will release Kubo and the Two Strings from animation studio LAIKA nationwide on August 19, 2016.

What do you think of the latest trailer and clip? Are you hyped to see this movie?

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About MJ Edwards

MJ is a writing and film graduate who loves to relax with scented candles and herbal teas. She is a dog-walker by day and a pie-maker by night. She loves movies starring Christopher Reeve and her favorite animated film is Meet the Robinsons. MJ also loves anything that LAIKA and Tim Burton come out with.
  • I love Japanese mythology so I’m pumped up for this film.

    • Ryan Prieto

      totally agree I can’t wait to see all the mythological references, and representations

  • The visuals are quite stunning! I believe this film is partially claymation, and I’m really excited for that!

  • Ryan Prieto

    This is my most anticipated film of the year! Really excited.

  • It’s so crazy how beautiful and stylish they make the sets for their movies, really something to admire 🙂

    • Ryan Prieto

      Right? I just want to get in there and play with them and in them.

  • Way too many trailers for this. I personally stopped watching after the first one. It’s so easy to spoil the beautiful little moments animation offers by revealing them in a trailer. I am looking forward to it, but I have to say, that Beetle character seems super cheesy and out of character for a Laika film..

    • Ryan Prieto

      You are way stronger than me I couldn’t resist. I will have to also agree on the Beetle character. Maybe he will come off better in the movie, but yeah all the trailers make him seem “cheesy”

  • lillypad2114

    That solider guy.. all I see is Dagur. Lmao but it does look well animated. Idk if I’ll see it in theaters, Suicide Squad hits August 5th, but I will see it sometime it looks so interesting. Then again most Laika are quite interesting and well done.