You know what I haven’t seen in a long time, an animated action movie, that wasn’t anime. Thinking back I am having a hard time thinking of one. I guess Big Hero 6 was one, but it didn’t feel like it. The Incredibles was for sure. That was over 10 years ago. Maybe I am just forgetting, but they seem to be scarce enough that it made Kubo And The Two Strings even more welcome.
I had a wonderful time with Kubo. Sometimes the stop motion animation can not quite hit on the emotion and the facial features that standard digital animation can, or at least that is what I used to think. Kubo And The Two Strings did not have this issue at all. It was amazing looking. The Animation team did a stellar job and really brought to life these characters. Better than any previous movie this studio has done. It was beautiful looking. Make sure you stay half way through the credits for a little behind the scenes of how they did some of the work. It really shows the dedication to this movie.
The story was very fun as well. Japanese culture, action, very cool characters and a good story really made Kubo work on many levels, not just the animation. I loved the music and the magic that this movie created. It was fun, funny, and has some very cool scenes. I really can not get over the art direction in this movie. This feels like Laika’s masterpiece. Such a good recovery after The Boxtrolls.
So I think it is pretty obvious that I would recommend seeing this movie this weekend. It is totally worth paying to see in the theater. Also for sure skip the 3-D, this movie is darker than most animated movies and the 3-D ruins the beauty of it.