Friday, August 19, 2016
POSTED BY: Bill Plympton
I've just returned from a premiere screening of Laika's "Kubo and the Two Strings", directed by the great Travis Knight.
First of all, it's gorgeous - and the animation is awesome. All of the characters are well-designed, especially with regard to the mouth movements, and the voices and music are superb.
The problem I have with the film is the story. There seems to be no constant theme or direction. Out of nowhere, these monsters pop up to stop a journey that really makes no sense. People always accuse my films of having too many tangents and diversions - well, "Kubo", in my mind, suffers from the same problem. There's no "maguffin" that unites the story.
Also, I heard rumors that the originator of the story, character designer (and early director?) Shannon Tindle was kicked off the film to make way for Travis to take over. Now, I don't know the back-story or the details - perhaps they had problems with the story and Travis decided to take charge and save the film. I'd love to hear the whole story sometime.
In any case, I highly recommend the film if you love great animation and great characters, all of the reviews have been wonderful. Go out and see "Kubo and the Two Strings"!
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