Kubo and the Two Strings
First screened in January 2017
Director: Travis Knight. Voice Cast: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Meyrick Murphy, George Takei, Minae Noji, Alpha Takahashi, Laura Miro, Ken Takemoto. Screenplay: Mark Haimes and Chris Butler (based on a screen story by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes).

Twitter Capsule: For sure the look is distinctive, often dazzling, but I just don't warm to Laika stories or characters.

VOR:   Didn't connect with me personally, but I can still appreciate Laika's push for visual invention. Effects, visual concepts all distinctive.

Photo © 2016 Focus Features/Laika Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Animated Feature
Best Visual Effects: Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Animated Feature

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Best Animated Feature
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Animated Feature
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Animated Feature

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