The latest stop-motion animation film from Laika Studios (Coraline, Paranorman) is a stunning journey into Japanese mythology about magic, monsters and the power of memory.
Young, one-eyed Kubo has magical powers and can create origami creatures that come to life when he plays his shamisen (a kind of guitar). After a battle against the evil Sisters his mother sends him on a quest in the company of Monkey and Beetle to find the magical armour that will enable him to defeat Raiden the Moon King, who wants to take his other eye and force Kubo to join him.
With voices from esteemed actors including Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey, Kubo is an incredible piece of filmmaking. Not only is it the longest stop-motion film ever made, the sets were some of the largest ever built, with the skeleton warrior standing at over 15 feet tall.
This screening is in partnership with Into Film, a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK.
This film is playing as part of the Reel Kids strand at the Leeds Young Film Festival. To pre-book tickets, or for more details about the full festival programme, please visit www.leedsyoungfilm.com.
This latest stop-motion picture from Laika (The Boxtrolls, Coraline) stands out for its complexity, seductively dark themes and the extraordinary beauty of its animation. ★★★★★
Laika Studios may have delivered their masterpiece with this staggering stop-motion fable. ★★★★★