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2016, Animation - Children, Fantasy

Kubo and the Two Strings

Released 2016 Rating PG
Director Travis Knight Writer/s Marx Haimes, Chris Butler, Shannon Tindle
Starring The voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
Source of story An original screenplay
Elevator Pitch In ancient Japan a boy with some magical powers goes on a quest for his father’s armour and a legendary sword, guided by a monkey, and an origami samurai and accompanied by a warrior beetle. They are assailed by dark forces who turn out to be his mother’s supernatural sisters and finally by the wizard who is his grandfather.
Content Some very ingenious story telling, much use of magic to charm the audience, and to give the dark forces impetus. A whole lot of set pieces during which we can wonder at the depths and detail of the presentations.
A View This film got a very good score on IMDB, but did children do the scoring, that is, if it was a children’s film. Although the animation is fantastic, the story meandered about and the dialogue is weak and I just did not go for the American accents.   But the scenes of the child telling stories which are animated by origami monsters is absolutely fantastic.

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