Kubo and the Two Strings Feature Trailer (2016)

Feature trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings shows plenty of never before seen footage for the film.

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee 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 (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 fulfill his heroic destiny.

Like just about every animation -- whether CG or stop-motion -- Kubo and the Two Strings will definitely be simultaneously released in 3D.

After two trailers for Kubo and the Two Strings that show a few segments of footage from the film with very, and I do mean very, little dialogue from the film, this feature trailer is the coup de gras of previews. Visuals a plenty! And we finally get to hear this film's ensemble cast. Not sure if you read the synopsis, but Kubo and the Two Strings must have refused to cast anybody without an Academy Award nomination. Picky, but we get it.

Since "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was such a hit in the trailer, Laika felt it was worth using The Beatles hit one more time. Not that I can blame them, as the music is crazy fitting for the visuals with its mixture of adventure and fantastical... and let's not forget the strings!

The biggest character introduction this time around seems to be Beetle, as voiced by Matthew McConaughey. As I said before, McConaughey does not sound anything like himself and I would have never picked up that it was him. Maybe he'll throw in a little "alright, alright" as a calling card sometime throughout the film as proof it's really him supplying the voice. When it comes to the character Beetle, he seems to be the film's one and only comedic relief.

All in all, liking what I'm seeing (and hearing)!

2 min 40 sec


Posted On
March 10, 2016
Travis Knight

Marc Haimes

Focus Features

August 19, 2016
Charlize Theron
Rooney Mara
George Takei
Ralph Fiennes
Matthew McConaughey
Trailer Tracks
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
The Beatles

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