Kubo and the Two Strings.
Here's a film I had my eye on back when it hit cinemas in August of last year, but almost completely forgot about until this last week, despite the fact that it was released on home media way, way back last November. The fourth film made by Laika, who are easily best known for their very first feature film outing, Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings is the directorial debut of Travis Knight, who previously worked as an animator on Coraline, ParaNorman, and Moongirl.
A stop-motion animation piece with an art style inspired by ukiyo-e, ink wash painting, and origami (which also factors into the film heavily as a plot element), Kubo and the Two Strings was pitched as an ambitious, artistically driven samurai epic, and is without a doubt the studio's biggest and most elaborate undertaking yet.
But is it a success?