To celebrate the release of LAIKA’s latest animation Kubo and the Two Strings on digital download today, and on Blu-ray/DVD from January 16, and we’ve got some really wonderful concept art to share and admire.
The movie is from the same studio who created Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls features the voice talents of Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, alongside a fine supporting voice cast of George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro, and Rooney Mara.
Young Kubo (voiced by Game of Thrones’ Art Parkinson) mesmerises the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning fantastical tales. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo journeys on an action-packed quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father, discover his own magical powers, and reunite his family…
Here are those wonderful images and click on them for a closer look:
Also, which is pretty exciting, the Ultimate Laika Collection box-set will be finally released on the 16th in the UK – You can order it on DVD and on Blu-ray on here.
Kubo and the Two Strings comes to Digital on 2nd January, 2017 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on 16th January from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, below is what to expect from your extras.
Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™
* Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Travis Knight
* The Myth of Kubo: Cast and filmmakers discuss the story at the core of Kubo and the Two Strings.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD
* Introduction by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight introduces “Kubo’s Journey.”
* Mythological Monsters: The filmmakers and crew discuss the new techniques they used to create the terrifying antagonists. Learn how each monster differed in scale, design, and execution.
* Braving the Elements: A particularly challenging aspect of filming was animating water and rain effects. Discover how LAIKA was able to animate water in the context of a stop-motion film.
* The Redemptive and Healing Power of Music: Learn how traditional and contemporary musical styles were combined by Academy Award®-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) to infuse the film with such a heartfelt sound.
* Epilogue by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight discusses what attracted LAIKA to Kubo and the Two Strings.
* Japanese Inspiration: The LAIKA creative team and the cast discuss the inspirations for the story.
* Corners of the Earth: Filmmakers and crew discuss the challenges of the varied landscapes and locations in Kubo and the Two Strings.