Sunday, 2 July 2017

Kubo and the Two Strings

Technically impressive film Kubo and the Two Strings is set in medieval Japan
On the plane I watched an animation feature called Kubo and the Two Strings that won a Bafta for Best Animated Feature earlier this year, and was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film in the Academy Awards, but lost out to Zootopia.

Kubo has magical powers playing the shamisen
Technically it's an amazing film as it is a stop-motion animation, and embellished with computer animation, but many would mistake it for being a computer generated animation because it looks so slick.

It's about a 12-year-old boy called Kubo who earns a living in a small Japanese town by telling stories with his origami paper that magically transform into all kinds of characters as soon as he starts playing his shamisen.

We later learn he lost his left eye to his grandfather, and how his mother is trying to protect him from her two sisters who are coming for his other eye. As a result Kubo goes on a quest that leads to him finding out more about his missing father.

George Takei voices one of the characters in the animation
Aside from the amazing special effects, the dialogue is fun too, with one of the characters voiced by Star Trek star George Takei saying his signature line, "Oh my!" and the witty repartee between a monkey and a giant beetle.

There's lots to love about Kubo and the Two Strings, particularly about its message about family and being brave to overcome obstacles in life.

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