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Kubo and the Two Strings – Art Review

Written by: | Published: August 20, 2016 | Updated: August 21, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings is an animated movie that just opened this past weekend. We got a chance to see it and I couldn’t be more excited about the amazing detail and artistry in this stop-motion, full feature film. With new technology and grand scale scenes, Kubo is brought to life with details that definitely impress. The crafty goodness behind-the-scenes in making every single clip in this film is awe inspiring. From artfully windblown leaves to origami characters brought to life, this movie is full of cool art.

Kubo and the Two Strings

“If you must blink, do it now”

I found this video clip that talks about the art and create of Kubo and the Two strings. Take a look… it’s full of all kinds of creative mojo.


Kubo and the Two Strings

What I really love about the creativity put into this film is the diversity of scenes. The amount of time spent, I think they said, 5 years is fantastic! Every moment is set and shot on purpose. I found myself watching the movie and trying to envision how they created all the different pieces and parts. I probably over analyzed, but I could stop looking into all the minute details. I can’t even pick a favorite scene, there are so many fantastic visuals… but I think one of my top 5 is the lanterns on the river. I tried to find a shot but couldn’t, so you’ll just have to see the film. It’s beautiful, you can’t miss it!

I think it’s really cool how the creators of Kubo and the two Strings have combined actual hands-on creations with digital art. In some of the scenes in this video clip you’ll see that tangible characters were created and then a digital backdrop is combined to complete the entire scene. It’s a pretty neat process. I wish I could see it first hand… their studio looks AMAZING! Not to mention, how fun would it be to make all day for a film?

I think Kubo and the Two Strings is a great family film. Definitely go see it in 3D. There may be a few scenes that are a little intense or startling for younger or sensitive kids. But nothing super dramatic. and Spoiler, it all ends well so even the scary scenes have a final positive ending.

I’d love to hear what you think about the movie! If you haven’t seen it yet, grab your movie tickets from Fandango and head to the theater.

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