Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Two Storytellers; Art Parkinson Sees a Kindred Spirit in His Animated Character Kubo

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Two Storytellers; Art Parkinson Sees a Kindred Spirit in His Animated Character Kubo

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Stars: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson, Rooney Mara.

Director: Travis Knight

Rating: PG

Reviewer's last word: This beautifully animated film is quite dark at times but drives home the important messages of family and forgiveness.

Star Profile: Charlize Theron

Quirky fact: Theron received an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Best known for: The Italian Job, Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Coraline, The BFG, ParaNorman.

Quote: "I'm 50-50 on glamour stuff. I'd rather put on a pair of jeans and get on my Harley and act like a guy."

SCREEN LIFE

with Seanna Cronin

ART Parkinson graduates to leading man on the big screen at the tender age of 14 in Kubo and the Two Strings.

The Irish actor, best known for playing ill-fated nobleman Rickon Stark in the TV series Game of Thrones, voices young hero Kubo in the new animated movie from the team behind stop-motion hits Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.

"I was doing Dracula Untold a couple of years ago now, and we were in the middle of filming when I got an email through for an audition," Parkinson tells Weekend.

"I looked over the script and studied the character and sent a voice memo over. I got a call back a few days later and eventually they told us I'd got the part.

"Now that it's all finished and I've seen it I'm very proud of it."

Parkinson, in his first animated role, plays Kubo, a scruffy young boy who lives in a small Japanese fishing village.

By day he entertains the local villagers with his stories and special ability to bring his characters to life through moving origami figures.

At night he cares for his mother, who slips in and out of trances that seem to be ruled by the moon. When she is lucid she tells him stories of his father's exploits as a Samurai warrior.

"Kubo is really parenting his mum in the beginning of the story," Parkinson says. "He's had to be a very disciplined person, but he is naturally quite caring in the way he takes care of his mum. …

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