Kubo and the Two Strings is like many other LAIKA films. It’s a family-friendly movie that isn’t afraid to touch upon real issues. This is why I was happy to have the chance to screen the film in LA last month before interviewing the cast. I wanted to learn more about the world of Kubo and see what it has to offer families.
Is it intense? Yes.
Is it beautiful? Yes.
Is it important? Yes.
Why Families Should See Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings looks at that moment in life when things really begin to change for a child. We all have those moments. Most of us probably have more than one. You might have one from your childhood and then one from other stages of your life. Those moments where life just changes.
For Kubo, it’s all about family. In our interviews with director Travis Knight, he summed up the message of the film perfectly.
To love is to hurt. But it heals us. It makes us strong.
That’s the change you’ll get to experience with Kubo during the film as you watch him team up with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy! His quest to save his family is one of love It’s a difficult one, but a beautiful one.
In addition to interviewing the director, we got the chance to hear from the voices behind the memorable characters in Kubo and the Two Strings.
Charlize Theron, the voice of Monkey, was drawn to the film because of how direct it is. It doesn’t shy away from anything and she felt there was power in that.
She told us, “To be honest and truthful to your children is the most important thing you can do as a parent.” And she feels this shines through in her character in the movie. I have to agree with her and her character!
Matthew McConaughey (Beetle) echoed her sentiments about making a film his children could see without it being all watered down for them. He wants his children to know that, “you have to fight for your own third act. You have to fight for you happy ending.” That’s just what young Kubo does in the movie!
And this is why families should see Kubo and the Two Strings together. It’s a story about a great quest and is full of adventure and excitement. But it’s also a great love story about the importance of family and the power of that love.
(If you’re wondering about taking your kids to see the movie, I recommend it for around ages 8 and up!)
Kubo and the Two Strings opens in theaters across the country on August 19, 2016!
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