THE ART OF KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

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The Art of Kubo and the Two Strings’ published by Chronicle Books, is a window inside the latest film from LAIKA Animation studios, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’. It guides you through every artistic decision made throughout the film – such as why certain effects, settings, colours and lighting were used in the film and why, and every little detail is laid out in such a way that once you open it up, you won’t want to look away.

This book is incredibly, lovingly detailed in its explanation as to why a particular element of the film exists, even if it is minute in the massive scale of the stop-motion film. It’s a testament to the work of LAIKA themselves – a company who have produced other films such as ‘Coraline’, ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’, each taking years to create due to the hard work and dedication that each LAIKA team member takes to help bring the films to life through a mixture of blood, sweat, tears, stop-motion and CGI animation. Through ‘The Art of Kubo and the Two Strings’ it is clear that their latest film is absolutely no exception – and that they continued to put incredible care and love in its creation.  

It’s clear from just the foreword of the book itself, written by CEO of LAIKA, Travis Knight. In it, Knight tells the story of his childhood and how that inspired the story for ‘Kubo’. This really sets the stage for the intricacy of the book itself, which is beautifully presented so that you only need to land on a random page to be blown away by any piece of the art or design that’s included - it’s so intricately, eye-catchingly laid out. Filled with lush character designs, film stills, graphics and photographs of every stage of the film’s creation to the finished motion picture, we are truly privy to see the inner workings of not just great filmmakers, but of a great film through this similarly great book.

Thanks to the detail of the art-book, we know that every set, every character, even the film plot itself has been carefully crafted. Including everything from details of the research that the LAIKA team went through to accurately create the historical Japanese time-period that the film is set in, or the different designs of everything from background characters to costumes, as well as an outline of the film itself – it’s clear that ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is a labour of love, as is ‘The Art of Kubo and the Two Strings’, which so beautifully shows us all this through its outstanding attention to detail.

A breath-taking book, perfect for any fan of animation and film.

THE ART OF KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS / AUTHOR: EMILY HAYNES / PUBLISHER: CHRONICLE BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW


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