The makers of Coraline are producing a gorgeous, kid-friendly samurai movie

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Dec 12, 2015, 5:52 PM EST (Updated)

If you’ve been wondering which unique animated film might fill that Inside Out void in 2016, we might already have an answer.

The creative team behind the cult hit animated film Coraline and ParaNorman is hard at work on Kubo and the Two Strings, a CGI samurai film about young Kubo, who sets out on a quest to save his family. The project comes from the acclaimed LAIKI animation studio, responsible for the aforementioned Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. It also features a high-quality voice cast, including Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes.  

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

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 film isn’t set to actually open until August 2016, but the first trailer is set to drop on Friday.


(Via io9)