Majestic new trailer + posters for Laika's soaring samurai fantasy, Kubo and the Two Strings

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Apr 29, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT

The more we see of Laika Studios' (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls) gorgeous new stop-motion animated feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, the more we can visualize this tempting samurai odyssey achieving greatness in the late summer box-office market.  Directed by Laika founder Travis Knight, this appears to be the indie studio's most ambitious venture yet, lovingly injected with undeniable heart, heroism and humor.

Here's the official synopsis:

An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan, clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (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 (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (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 (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Make the quest and check out this lush new trailer and four posters in the gallery below and tell us if Kubo and the Two Strings is starting to resonate!


From Laika and Focus Features, Kubo and the Two Strings storms theaters on Aug. 19, 2016.

(Via Geek Tyrant)