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796 Ratings

Kubo and the Two Strings

Directed by Travis Knight
United States, 2016
Animation, Adventure, Family


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.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Directed by Travis Knight

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Winner: Best Animated Feature

National Board of Review

2016 | Winner: Best Animated Feature

BAFTA Awards

2017 | Winner: Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo’s defense of his world is an argument of behalf of the kind of animation he and Laika both perform so well: human, organic, dense in visual detail, and deft in its blending of the impossible (in Laika’s case, the digitally rendered) with the lovingly handmade.
November 03, 2016
In the topography of the imagination, there are no discernible trails leading from one location to the next. The greatness of Kubo and the Two Strings is convincing the audience to understand that immediately and intuit their way through a narrative that must be experienced to be understood. Director Travis Knight and his animators make Kubo’s street performance a model for the film itself, which constructs an entire world out of origami paper.
August 18, 2016
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The action is gorgeously fluid, the idiosyncratic 3-D visual conceits (including floating eyeballs undersea) are startling, and the story and its metaphors resolve in unexpected and moving ways. The director, Travis Knight, has put together a picture that hits a lot of all-ages-entertainment sweet spots while avoiding hackneyed conventions, and ends up delivering what feels like a sincere family-friendly message.
August 18, 2016
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