Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Worth Trip to Theatre; Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Worth Trip to Theatre; Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

KUBO is a boy who's had to grow up quickly.

Caring for his injured mother while scraping out a living in their small fishing village as a street performer, he's missing the influence of a father figure.

The closest he gets to his dad, a famous Samurai warrior believed to have died saving Kubo, are his mother's occasional stories and the kimono he wears.

This is the jumping off point for the new animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, from the team behind hit stop-motion films Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.

After accidentally reviving an old family vendetta, Kubo must go on a quest (under the watchful eye of his guardian Monkey) to find his father's magical suit of armour to defeat the vengeful spirits pursuing him.

Drawing inspiration from the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Akira Kurosawa, first-time director Travis Knight and his animation team clearly go to great lengths to portray many aspects of Japanese culture. …

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