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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new clips and featurettes!

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In anticipation of its Stateside release this week (with a UK release to follow early next month) LAIKA have released two new clips from their upcoming feature Kubo and the Two Strings, both of which you can watch below:

Following on from their recently released featurettes exploring the film’s mythological origins and villains, the studio have this week put out two more – Crafting an Epic, featuring insight from the filmmakers and cast about the artistry and technical brilliance of the film; and Covering a Classic, which explores the musical themes of the film and the orchestration of Regina Spektor’s cover of The Beatles’ classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps:

An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda 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 and Beetle , 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 (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Directed by Travis Knight and written by Marc Haimes and ParaNorman scribe Chris Butler, Kubo and the Two Strings is set for a US theatrical release tomorrow, with a UK release September 9th. For more information you can keep an eye on the film’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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