Kris Explains the Beauty of Kubo

Nov 9, 2016   //   by Kris   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Kris Explains the Beauty of Kubo

Kubo and the Two Strings is a fantasy adventure film. It’s directed by Travis Knight and produced with Lanika. The film follows the adventure of young boy Kubo. He resides above a village with his mother. His mother instructs that Kubo must never stay out past sunset. When Kubo disobeyed this rule, his mother’s fractured past comes back to ruin their peaceful life. It sparks an old vendetta, and forces Kubo to leave his mother and to seek the armor, helmet and sword of his father, a legendary samurai…

Kubo and the Two Strings uses traditional stop motion, puppets, computer-generated imagery, and 3D printing to create breathtaking scenery and lively characters. This interesting process added more elements to traditional stop-motion (made it futuristic), and made the transitions flow better. An 18-foot stop-motion puppet was even created! The story has the characteristics of a folklore influenced by Japanese culture. It displays a variety of emotions, as well as coming to terms with imperfections, and being human.

In conclusion, Kubo and the Two Strings has an interesting story and unique characters. In my own opinion though, I felt the story was missing something. The scenes have been laboured over to create its wondrous appearance. It teaches new methods of stop motion and Japanese culture. I think it’s a great movie to watch. However be cautious of watching with young children, there are some deep topics. I enjoyed it immensely, 4.5/5 stars.

Behind the scenes: technology – How the studio behind ‘Kubo’ went high tech to make stop-motion look astonishing

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Kris’s bio

Kids’ panellist Kris.

Kids’ panellist Kris.

Kris is 14 years old. She’s a librocubicularist (a person who reads in bed).

A movie that she recently watched and enjoyed was Kubo and the Two Strings.

The classic Christmas movie Home Alone is loved by Kris and her family.

She shares her fondness of the TV show Case Closed with her siblings.

An artist style she likes is Tim Burton’s for its whimsical and dark combination.

Kris delights in learning, which fuels her affection for school.

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