The upcoming film, Kubo and the Two Strings, is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Posing with the animated characters “Kubo,” “Beetle” and “Monkey” included actress Tasha Smith (“EMPIRE”), singer Algebra, singer and radio host Darlene McCoy (“The Nightly Spirit”), radio host Willie Moore Jr., radio host Griff (“GET UP! Mornings with Erica Campbell”) and Krista Campbell (daughter of Erica Campbell from “Mary Mary”).
SYNOPSIS: Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.
Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Director: Travis Knight
Writers: Marc Haimes, Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”); Story by Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
Voice Cast: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara, and Matthew McConaughey.
Photo credit: Chris Mitchell for Focus Features