|Art for Kubo and the Two Strings. Image via Laika.|
Besides being chairman of Nike, Phil Knight owns Laika, a studio that specializes in feature-length stop-motion animation films. The company is probably best known for the films Coraline, and The Boxtrolls, both of which received Academy Award Nominations for Best Animated Feature.
Uncle Phil's son, Travis Knight, is the president of Laika, and is the director of its coming 2016 release, Kubo and the Two Strings. The trailer for the film was released upon the Internet today.
Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of Kubo, a young boy living in a mythical ancient Japan who goes on a quest for his deceased Samurai warrior father's magic armor in order to stop an evil sprit who had a grudge with his father. There's more than enough underlying Freudian comparisons between Kubo and his father and Travis and Uncle Phil, but I ain't gonna touching any of that.
You should expect a lot of Japanese film and anime-style action and mayhem from Kubo, but go ahead and take a look for your self.
The all-star cast of voice actors for Kubo include Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark in Game of Thrones) as Kubo, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey (how do you say "Alright, alright, alright!" in Japanese?), Ralph Fiennes, and George Takei.
Kubo and the Two Strings is scheduled for an August 19, 2016 release. It looks like one to definitely circle your calendar for.
(via Bleeding Cool)