It's a busy week for the blog with travel and press trips. I'm headed to the #LetsGoCarnival retreat on a cruise to Mexico/Honduras/Belize this week and our blog contributor Bridget is headed to Los Angeles for two press junkets including the press junket for Kubo and the Two Strings July 7–8.
Last month I got to tour LAIKA here in Portland, Oregon, and do a set tour of the film and learn a bit about stop-motion animation and how the movie Kubo and the Two Strings was made. This week Bridget is headed to LA to interview the talent behind the film including:
Matthew McConaughey (Beetle)
Charlize Theron (Monkey)
Travis Knight (LAIKA CEO and Director of Kubo and the Two Strings)
Kubo‘s quest begins nationwide August 19, 2016, from animation studio LAIKA and Focus Features.
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a 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 fulfill his heroic destiny.
Thank you to Focus Features for bringing us to LA for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the press junket.