LAIKA (who brought us Coraline) and Focus Features present Kubo and the Two Strings. Kubo is a wild tale of bravery, family and creativity which delivers both an artistic wonderland as well as a captivating story. To find safety from spiteful spirits, Kubo adventures to find his late Father’s armor with the help of a sarcastic Monkey and a forgetful samurai Beetle. Yes, it’s every bit as imaginative as it sounds. With heartfelt moments and beautiful animation, Kubo and the Two Strings is thoroughly entertaining for audiences of all ages. It also craftfully delivers poignant lessons kids can learn.
Though fast-paced and full of excitement, Kubo and the Two Strings is very much a relationship story that speaks to the power of love and forgiveness. Kubo and his mother are very close and when she sacrifices herself to activate his powers, he must use them to find both meaning and safety for himself and his village.
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3 LESSONS KIDS CAN LEARN FROM KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
1- Compassion is key.
“His compassion taught me mine.” – Kubo’s mother
In both obvious and subtle ways, the characters in Kubo treat one another with kindness throughout the entire film. The village both accepts and encourages Kubo, this mysterious boy who comes down from a mountain top every day to entertain them with his magical origami characters and tall tales. Compassion is interwoven through many of the interactions and though none of the characters act with it all of the time, we are shown the resulting rewards when they do.
2- Heroes come in all sizes.
Kubo is a small boy with a large responsibility. His quest requires courage, trust, boldness and humility. Occasionally, the adult voices around him waver and disagree about how to act. Kubo is consistently the voice of reason and confidence. Both his imagination and optimism lead the trio to make daring choices that bring optimal results. Following a child through the hero’s journey proves to be both rewarding and refreshing.
3- We can find strength in love.
“The end of one story is merely the beginning of another.”
Love and redemption are the heart of Kubo and the Two Strings. The love Kubo’s mother has for him is protective and sacrificial. It is the both the anchor that holds Kubo to his purpose and the launching point from which he begins his quest. Throughout the film this bond extends to others, like Monkey and Beetle, who seek to aid Kubo in his journey. Love fuels them and gives meaning to the entire journey.
LAIKA and Focus Features are known for making stories that matter. They give us films that speak to us and stay with us long after we’ve seen them. Kubo and the Two Strings does just that. It reminds us of our connection to ourselves and the people we love. It excites us as we witness the importance of creativity and bravery. Though powerful storytelling and beautiful animation, it speaks to our hearts and takes us on a journey of discovery and forgiveness.
Kubo and the Two Strings is in theaters August 19th! Be sure to join the quest.
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