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|Original title:||Kubo and the two Strings|
|Genre:||Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Children's Movie|
|Production country:||USA 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 101 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Little Kubo lives in a small Japanese coastal town where he sacrificially takes care of his mother. The boy may only leave the cave in which they live during the day. Because at night, his mother says, the evil spirits from whom they have to hide would find him immediately. And so Kubo spends his days as a storyteller on the market square of the small town, earning himself and his mother a little money to survive. But one day the boy forgets the time and lures the two evil sisters of his mother on his track. They are the harbingers of a much greater danger, which Kubo can only face if he is in possession of magical armour. Now he must embark on a dangerous journey to find the three parts of this armor. With the help of his new companions Monkey and Beetle, the boy faces all the dangers - but whether that's enough to defeat the dark power he has to face in the end is more than questionable…
"Kubo - Der brafere Samurai" is the latest stroke of genius from the animation studio LAIKA, who have already thrilled audiences and critics with films like "Coraline" and "Paranorman". The studio's films are not absolute blockbusters, but fortunately they make enough money to secure the production of other films. In an elaborate stopmotion animation the makers tell original stories, which are mostly told with a lot of humor, but also with dark moments and thus get a very special character. LAIKA films are not mass-produced smooth ironed products, but very lovingly produced, very individual works, which not only older children, but also adults who are young at heart can enjoy very much. And this is again the case with "Kubo - The Brave Samurai".
To add that the story itself is not one of the best the studio has ever produced. However, the realization is again so original, detailed and charming that the very conventional story is enormously enhanced. However, it should be clearly stated that the search for the magical armor is by no means something for small children. There are many scary moments when children under 10 years of age may have a long time to nibble at. The demonic sisters of Kubo's mother are undoubtedly part of it. And the dark underwater world into which the boy has to dive in order to get part of the armor could also cause unpleasant dreams in viewers who are too young. Sure, "Kubo - Der brafere Samurai" is a children's film - but not for the little ones.
The animations are simply perfect and testify in every second of the film to the great passion that every participant has invested in this imaginative adventure. The humor is mostly child-friendly, but never flat, but rather pleasantly weird. And the finale, although served with plenty of icing, never seems kitschy, but simply touching and beautiful. "Kubo - The Brave Samurai" is a small work of art, that entertains well, offers a lot of suspense, but is also a lot of fun. A completely successful animated film, which has more than earned its "Absolutely worth seeing"!
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