Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion fantasy action-adventure film directed and co-produced by Travis Knight (in his directorial debut) and written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. It stars the voices of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei and is Laika's fourth feature film produced. The film revolves around Kubo, who has magical powers and whose left eye was stolen. Accompanied by Monkey and Beetle, they must subdue the Sisters, Raiden the Moon King and his army of evil spirits.
The film premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival on August 13, 2016, and was released by Focus Featuresin the United States on August 19. It received critical acclaim and grossed $69.2 million worldwide.
- Art Parkinson as Kubo, the main protagonist of the story.
- Charlize Theron as Monkey/Sariatu, Kubo's mother and one of the Moon King's daughters, reincarnated in a little Japanese snow monkey charm, known as Monkey, after she is killed by her Sisters.
- Matthew McConaughey as Beetle/Hanzo, Kubo's father, who was transformed by the Sisters into a beetle-like hybrid with no recollection of his true identity, believing himself to be Hanzo's apprentice.
- Ralph Fiennes as Raiden the Moon King, Kubo's grandfather, the Sisters' and Sariatu's father and the main antagonist of the story.
- Rooney Mara as the Sisters, Kubo's evil aunts, Sariatu's younger sisters, and the Moon King's twin daughters.
- George Takei as Hosato, a villager who teaches his daughter their Japanese culture and traditions.
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Hashi, a villager and Kubo's biggest fan.
- Brenda Vaccaro as Kameyo, a villager and an elderly but young-hearted widow who is a grandmother figure to Kubo.
- Meyrick Murphy as Mari
- Minae Noji as Minae
- Alpha Takahashi as Aiko
- Laura Miro as Miho
- Ken Takemoto as Ken
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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