Kubo and the Two Strings

Okay folks. I just needed to share this with you. I’m guessing a lot of you haven’t seen it yet.

It is not possible for me to be more excited about this movie than I already am. I couldn’t be more excited if they announced they were bringing Firefly back.

I love Laika (the studio making the movie). Nobody does what they do. It’s entirely stopmotion animation. They are absolutely insane, and I love them for the depth and breadth of their insanity.

I got to visit their studio last year, and got to see them doing work on this movie before they’d made an announcement about it. It’s going to be so good. Everything they do is so good.

Please watch it. Come be excited with me.


This entry was posted in cool things, geeking out. By Pat30 Responses


  1. Jona
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:11 AM | Permalink

    Haha, a movie about a boy who uses his lute magic. Wonder why you like it :p

  2. encinarus
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 6:57 AM | Permalink

    [watches trailer] wow, that’s cool. I’m looking forward to watching it when it comes out. [reads post] ZOMG THAT WAS STOP MOTION??? [watches trailer again] So pretty and smooth and exciting. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Landrovan
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 8:04 AM | Permalink

    Wow! Look great! Were can I find the rest of their work?

    • rangerer
      Posted May 4, 2016 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

      Box Trolls is their most recently released film, I believe.

    • Posted May 4, 2016 at 11:21 PM | Permalink

      Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline. All beautiful.

    • QueenKatieMae
      Posted May 13, 2016 at 3:26 PM | Permalink

      “Coraline” was their first, then they made “Paranorman,” then Boxtrolls. All great, but Paranorman is my favorite.

  4. Rahl
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 8:31 AM | Permalink

    The voice talent for this film is amazeballs!

  5. Hexqueen5
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 8:31 AM | Permalink

    I can’t wait to see this movie! I love Laika! Watching ParaNorman at Halloween has become tradition at my house.

  6. rangerer
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 9:31 AM | Permalink

    I should have known you’d be all over this. I keep re-watching all the trailers and am so excited (as are my kids). It looks like there’s a strong story in a story element to it and really, it’s just beautiful.

    • Posted May 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. That hits me where I live, too…

      • slemay2003
        Posted May 5, 2016 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

        I could see a show or movie adaptation of Kingkiller as claymation like this. I just can’t see actors getting it right. This would be such a great medium to bring your creation to life. IMO of course.

        • cynrtst
          Posted May 8, 2016 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

          Now that is the best idea I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t see humans in the roles either

  7. Posted May 4, 2016 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    Lovely! I can’t wait, it looks beautiful. And such a great cast for the voices.

  8. Amstrad
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

    Haha, the samurai/warrior guy as some sort of stag beetle is a great look.

  9. 1999Brock
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 2:44 PM | Permalink

    I saw a youtube trailer for this a few weeks ago and have been excited for it ever since!
    Storytelling magic assisted by origami and music, and the antagonists are creepy mask-wearing shadow things? Every single piece of this is wonderful.

  10. toddcmz
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    I’m definitely excited with you.

  11. Jsherry
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:47 PM | Permalink

    Wait—ENTIRELY stop-motion?! Like, the water and everything? Cuz if so, this…is…insanity.

  12. Posted May 4, 2016 at 11:22 PM | Permalink

    That is an unreal instrumental cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

    • Posted May 4, 2016 at 11:23 PM | Permalink

      Curses I can’t edit comments. I’ve been waiting for this since the teaser and I’m so glad somebody else shares my obsession with this studio!

  13. Hedgehog
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 5:12 AM | Permalink

    Wow, I thought I was excited about this movie before, but then I read this:
    “I couldn’t be more excited if they announced they were bringing Firefly back.”
    Holy crap. If I don’t see this movie I’ll die.

  14. ali rahemtulla
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 6:55 AM | Permalink

    Ok that actually looks very cool. Thanks for spreading the word Pat.

  15. wolfcrow72
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    Wow! Love creative movies like this that the whole fam can go see…

  16. Posted May 7, 2016 at 11:26 PM | Permalink

    I saw this trailer, and my first thought was “Patrick Rothfuss should see this.” Mythic storytelling, beautiful animation, and musical magic — I should have known you’d have seen it way before anyone else.

  17. Vinchenzo
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 5:34 PM | Permalink

    I actually saw this preview yesterday at the movies. I really liked the art style and concept of the movie with its magic. Now that you posted this I’m now a bit more intrigued and look forward to its release. So with that said I will gladly be excited with you!

  18. Kimberlyand
    Posted May 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    I love their use of “While my guitar gently weeps” – beautiful.

  19. QueenKatieMae
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    I sent a link of this blog entry to my brother-in-law who works at Laika. He thanks you. It’s their first movie not book-based and are so excited about it.

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