Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

DVD - 2016
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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]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: J DVD Kubo
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1 (English, Espanol), DVS Dolby digital 2.0, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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JCLLizW Jan 08, 2018

It was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects at the 89th Academy Awards. This movie has a great mix of adventure and emotion with truly amazing visual effects.

JCLRachelC Jun 21, 2017

I love how this is partially about the power of storytelling. It's also about family—both good and bad—and courage and terror and everything in between, but it's in large part about the power of a story to shape reality.

* Best Animated Feature Film
* Best Visual Effects

JCLJoshN Jan 26, 2017

What a gorgeous, heartwarming, exciting, magical movie! Absolutely amazing! As soon as it was over, I wanted to watch it again.

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Feb 15, 2021

Animation great! Story very fairy tale, with attitudes and violence.

Feb 26, 2020

Brilliant and beautiful paper cut animation! Simple and powerful story.

Feb 07, 2020

"Kubo and the Two Strings" is an excellent picture, based in stop motion animation and the longest film of this type to date. The story is rich in Buddhist contexts highlighting a belief in a Pure Land and an acknowledgment that although life is suffering, there are many things that make it beautiful, friends, family, love and compassion. The film explores all of the aforementioned themes in kind. All-in-all it really captured my imagination. I found myself quite taken with the film, both in the visuals and the story. I would recommend this to anyone interested in stop-motion or Buddhism.

Feb 04, 2020

It’s a semi-horror animation. Too much spirit and magic, too much violence. I am not quite liking the plot which I think slow pace at times and twisted such as the enmity between sisters, little boy and old grandpa killing each other regarded as virtue or heroic act. The intended gentleness in this movie was killed by violence and spookiness. The cinematography is nice though. I would categorize this animation as for adult.

Aug 12, 2019

Very good movie VERY VIOLENT

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.

VanWaniel 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.

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