Last month I had the amazing opportunity to pack my bags, catch a plane to Portland, and visit Laika Studios to learn more about their upcoming movie Kubo and the Two Strings. Laika studios has brought us many movies that we have come to love such as Coraline, Paranorman, and The Box Trolls! Kubo and The Two Strings is their newest adventure and is a movie that has been 5 years in the making starting back while Paranorman was still in production. Since then it has grown to be the epic adventure that they had all hoped to accomplish from the beginning.
While there we not only had the opportunity to take a tour of the studio, but along the way was able to interview the many talented people who all came together to make this film. First I want to tell you a little bit about Kubo and how the story became the newest stop motion animation film from Laika. Kubo Is a 12-year-old boy whose mother tells him stories of his brave samurai father and his many battles. Growing up he learned to bring his fantastic origami to life by using his 3 string and eventually embarks on an amazing journey in an attempt to reunite his family. Now I haven’t had the opportunity to see the whole film yet ( I will be very soon!) but from what I was able to see, I was already entranced, and in love with the story that they were telling.
Travis Knight ( Ceo Of Laika Studios) wanted his films to look and feel different. He had always loved Samurai films and was excited to incorporate his love for animation with an amazing story like Kubo. I loved hearing all about Laika and was surprised to learn that everything in their films is done in-house and they have housed their small team size since they started Coraline 10 years ago.
Arianne Sutner (Producer) loved telling us about the process of making Kubo what it is today. Telling us that with all of their projects they stick to doing everything in house, making everything just more effective. Both have an amazing passion for their work and dedicate this passion to producing amazing works of stop animation films.
You wouldn’t believe the detail and work that goes into every aspect in making a movie like this. I honestly had no idea how much work goes into a movie like this versus a computer animated movie that we are used to. Make sure to keep an eye out for more posts on the costumes, sets, puppets, and special Interviews with cast members from the film!