Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

DVD - 2016 | Widescreen version
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A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD K
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1 (English, Espanol)
video file,DVD video,region 1


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"Extraordinary animation, with lovely and tender storytelling, marks this adventure tale set in ancient Japan. A brave one-eyed boy goes on a dangerous journey to find his father's magical armor; but, he learns a great deal about family and friends, and I was in awe from start to finish.&quo... Read More »

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Jul 12, 2019

The longest stop-motion animated feature film thus far (and with hundreds of thousands of frames and an 18-foot animatronic Skeleton Demon to boot certainly the most ambitious), Travis Knight’s dark and cerebral fairytale is a sure win for both adults and those children able to brave the scarier bits. A beautifully rendered saga which takes viewers from bare mountaintops to a pale ghost realm to a storm-ravaged sea aboard an enchanted galleon, all presented with meticulous staging (apparently the sea voyage alone took nineteen months to shoot) and a palette of picture book colours that add depth to those burning sunsets and haunted moons. It’s the storyline however which impressed me the most, a heady mix of mythological mayhem and family ties centred on one endearingly plucky antagonist and his brave allies. But a word of warning for those with toddlers, the monsters are surprisingly effective and some supernatural fight sequences don’t shy away from deadly swords and flailing meat hooks. Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, and Matthew McConaughey lend their voices, and listen for George Takei delivering his signature “Oh My!”

LPL_WilliamO Mar 28, 2019

A beautifully animated adventure that both kids and adults can enjoy!

Feb 22, 2019

From this film's opening moments, it's clear that a deadly and powerful danger lurks nearby, always watching and awaiting its chance. We see those evil forces unleashed in sometimes deadly (though never bloody) ways as Kubo runs through snowy and desert environments. Monkey warns Kubo, "[As] we grow stronger, life grows more dangerous." Swords slash, arrows fly, beasts attack, and heroes are seemingly always in peril.

Kubo's aunts cast spells that kill villagers. Those magics bash and batter Kubo and his companions with chains and blades. We see a woman struck down in a vicious storm at sea. She's driven deep under water and hits her head on a large rock.

Kubo, Monkey and Beetle face off with a gigantic skeletal creature that batters them repeatedly. It picks up both Monkey and Beetle and attempts to eat them. Two central characters and a spiritual predator all die in battle.

In frustration, someone exclaims, "Oh, foot!"


Using magic, Kubo creates a flying creature that pokes Monkey in the backside. He also creates an origami chicken that fires projectiles out of its backside as an amusement for a crowd of onlookers.

Animated films aren't just for kids anymore. Animation is no longer simply about creating flighty and fluffy cartoons that you can sit thoughtlessly through with some popcorn and a box of Milk Duds. In this new age, animated films can often do things that live-action pics can't. They offer up an environment where a director can shoot for the unique; he can strive to make something fantastic, something visually immersive and emotionally affecting.

But all those plusses can come with a few minuses, too. Kubo and The Two Strings is a case in point.

This stop-motion animated pic is incredibly impressive to look at. In fact, the visuals are so fluid, beautiful and entertaining that you'll quickly lose any sense that this flick was pieced together shot-by-shot and frame-by-frame. Add in swirling music, magically enlivened origami figures and a fresh, exotic tale of love and heroism, and viewers of all ages will be tantalized by the color and artistry of it all.

However, there is more to consider here.

All of Kubo's eye-, ear- and heart-pleasing stuff masks some spiritual philosophies that parents may not be expecting. This story of a young boy who uses musical magic to give life to objects and battle against spirit-realm entities; it readily accepts an Eastern mindset that embraces ritualism, prayer to deceased ancestors and dark spiritual elements. Navigating those mystical waters will require significantly more parental guidance than the movie's colorful exterior might otherwise suggest.

DanielVaniel Feb 18, 2019

Possibly a little scary for kids, but this is one of the most beautifully thought-out and executed movies I've ever seen, & the core values of united family & more than that, the stunning value on forgiveness is quite moving. I love this one! It's so well told in every way.

Feb 10, 2019

More Pixar than Pixar. The themes of memory dominate this clever and visually stunning movie.

Nov 06, 2018

There were times when this movie was just so fun, so creative but then it would slow down to a slug's pace. It was up and down, up and down. Great casting though and terrific animation. Beautiful story.

Apr 13, 2018

This is a gorgeous and unique film. Way better than Zootopia and Moana by FAR! I would love loved to see this win for best animated feature film. Kubo is just such a charming and intelligent character! It's one of those movies where you can't help but want to root for the hero the entire time :-)

Dec 22, 2017

Brilliant story and characters!

Oct 04, 2017

Every morning, a young brave boy named Kubo sets off to the nearby village. Using his special gifts he makes his origami creations come to life as he tells the tale of the mighty Hanzo, his father, and the evil moon king, his grandfather. Kubo must never stay out past dark otherwise his sinister grandfather and wicked aunts will find him. Kubo then teams up with Monkey and Beetle to find the magical armour and bring the moon king to justice. They are faced with many strange obstacles along the journey. The fate of Kubo’s life lies in his own hands. Will Kubo make it in time or will the moon king be one step ahead?
- @grumpykat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

SethE_KCMO Oct 03, 2017

This is a beautifully-animated film about the meaning of family. Lots of funny moments for littler ones and jokes for grownups, plus heartbreaking and magical moments everyone will understand.

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Jun 01, 2017

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