2016 has been a marquis year for animated films. Two of this year’s best films, from my perspective, have been animated films courtesy of Disney and Disney-Pixar but another prominent animated picture player will submit their feature film to join the remarkable achievements of 2016 animated films. From the studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, comes a sweeping tale about a gifted youth on a journey to defend himself and his companions from an ancient evil harboring a grudge against his family. From Laika and Focus Features comes one of my most anticipated films of the year. This is Kubo and the Two Strings.
What am I expecting to see?: I have garnered tremendous respect for Laika and Focus Features’ animated films over the last few years because you don’t find stories as bold as the ones they have told and done with such beauty, beauty that you can only find in stop-motion animation. A lot is riding on director Travis Knight and screenwriters Marc Haimes and Chris Butler and I look forward to seeing the voices of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Rooney Mara and Minae Noji bring life into these vivid characters. High hopes for Kubo and the Two Strings!