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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Loved the way the later narrative mirrors the story told by Kubo to the villagers at the start of the film. Through this, it becomes less of a conventional fantasy analogous to the hero's journey than a self-reflexive study on the need for stories to explore emotions, fears& concerns. The animation is astounding, but it’s the themes of overcoming grief & challenging violence through understanding that impresses most.
It's a very rich animation when it comes to the visual aspects, but this is Laika's most underwhelming feature. Somehow it has it all - humor, drama, adventure, nice characters - but it seems a little bit recycled. My favorite thing about this one? Its tune - I just like how Kubo feels undertuned and quiet at a lot of times. Too bad animation studios have the tendency to explode everything when reaching climax.
Dazzling animation and visual design, with a story that feels made up as it goes and action like a Zelda game where your older brother won't let you touch the controller. You'll get to hear "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" played on a biwa, for whatever that's worth to you.
I think it wasnt a good film. If you want to represent Japanese people and culture in a film, should the characters act and talk like an american?! What was Japanese about this? Absolutely nothing... And the story was retarded.
The Laika studios' best film to date. Exceptionally well told tale that offers artistically excellent imaginative animation melded with fine storytelling and wonderful voice casting. There is a wonderful heart at the center of the story that even the most jaded may find empathy with. This is a feast for the eyes and perhaps the heart as well. One of the year's finer achievements all around.
Wish I connected with the story on an emotional, even general, level like I did the animation. Amazing setpieces and stop-motion work going on here, making it Laika's most visually dazzling film. There's no real issues, however, but I have no idea what kids and young children will make of this. It's a cute story, with glimmers of fun moments thanks to its characters, but it probably would've been a better short.