First trailer for gorgeous stop-motion samurai feature, Kubo and the Two Strings

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Dec 15, 2015, 4:22 PM EST (Updated)

Laika Studios has been unceremoniously pumping out highly respectable animation features from its Portland, Oregon headquarters for the past six years, bolstering its impressive catalog with family-friendly titles like Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.  Check out this majestic new trailer for its latest stop-motion project, Kubo and the Two Strings, a fantasy saga set amid the shadowy spirits of ancient Japanese samurai culture.

Here's the official synopsis from Laika:

An epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical 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 (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner 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. 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 his heroic destiny. The all-star cast also includes George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

Directed by Laika CEO Travis Knight, son of Nike founder Phil Knight, it also boasts an awesome vocal cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and George Takei.  

Kubo and the Two Strings opens in theaters on August 19, 2016.

(Via Geek Tyrant)