Can I tell you that I enjoyed this film? I didn’t know what to expect, but my son Joshua wanted to see the film, so we all went out to see it on a late Friday night. I was mighty surprised to learn that it’s a stop-motion animated film with strong Japanese themes. It’s a film by Laika studios, who’ve produced Coraline, Paranorman, and the Box Trolls. The film stars:
Here’s a summary from IMDB:
Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.
The film was apparently overshadowed at the box office this summer, but I’d recommend catching it on rental if you can. The story is very original, the animation is very good, and it strongly reminded me of the old anime movies that I used to watch when growing up. I loved the creepiness of the Sisters, the “feels” between Kubo and his mother, etc.