12 Dec 2015 12:11 AM +00:00 UTC

Lyka's 'Kubo and The Two Strings' Trailer Looks Fantastic

The first official trailer for the animated samurai film Kubo and The Two Strings has been released. The film was created by Laika, the stop-motion animation production company that created Coraline and ParaNorman. I love the visual style here. Rooney Mara's character looks fantastic!  You can check out the official poster here. 

 The voice cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and George Takei.

An epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical 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 his heroic destiny. The all-star cast also includes George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Kubo and The Two Strings is being directed by Travis Knight, and opens in theaters on August 19, 2016. The first trailer will be released on Dec. 11