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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Trailer Teases Mystical Journey

Laika and Focus Features have released a magical second trailer for their stop-motion animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings,” directed by Laika topper Travis Knight.

The movie opens worldwide on Aug. 19.

The film follows a young storyteller who goes on an epic adventure after he accidentally releases a spirit bent on carrying out an ancient vendetta. Kubo, voiced by “Game of Thrones” actor Art Parkinson, must battle gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father with help from his magical musical instrument, a shamisen. The film, set in Japan, also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei.

Laika’s previous films are “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” which have all been nominated for the animated feature Academy Award.

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