08 January 2017

Kubo and the Two Strings, 2016 - ★★★★

I still can't believe this is stop motion (and still keep thinking Kubo should have been a girl). Regardless of the technique this is beautifully animated and a great story (although I did get a little lost at places so wonder how smaller children would cope). It reminded me of Ghibli and Zelda and that's only a good thing. 2016 was a great year for family friendly films and puts the grown up films to shame, this joins The Jungle Book, The BFG, Pete's Dragon, Zootopia, Finding Dory and Moana (I assume) amongst the best films of the year.

The inclusion of some behind the scenes footage in the end credits seemed inevitable if only to prove that this was stop motion. If most people aren't aware and think this is CG anyway I can't help but wonder if there was any point. There were only really a few points where it looked like the 'tactile-ness' made a difference but perhaps it's impossible to know how effective full CG would have been.

January 08, 2017 at 01:36PM

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