Kubo and the Two Strings: An Underappreciated Gem [Spoiler-Free]


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Avi Hathorne, Reporter

In today’s world of advanced computer-generated visuals, stop motion is a largely underappreciated style, but with the August release of Kubo and the Two Strings, Laika Entertainment (producer of Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Coraline) has proven that the art of stop motion film is not dead.

At its core, Kubo is a classic hero’s quest: a child born with latent but extraordinary powers embarks on a search for legendary artifacts. Though the premise is common, Laika introduces quirky characters, beautiful scene designs, and simple yet charming humor to propel the story. The film is ideal for someone who appreciates highly-stylized animation or just wants to take their mind off of life for a couple of hours. It is still in theaters, so anyone who is interested and needs something to do should visit a local theater and give Kubo and the Two Strings the recognition it deserves.