Wait! Before you go any further, know that Kubo and the Two Strings is not a video game. It’s one of those strange, alien things people sometimes refer to as MOOOOVIES. I’ve just watched the trailer for it, and I think you should watch it too, because it’s just lovely.

Kubo and the Two Strings is the work of acclaimed animation studio Laika. They’re the incredibly talented team behind CoralineParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, and their films always guarantee a captivating visual treat. This is the description of their latest work, lazily snatched from the trailer’s YouTube description:

“Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.”

And here’s the trailer itself:

Doesn’t that look brilliant? Man, I’d love to see a dev studio team up with Laika to make a video game. Not just a video game that doubles as a marketing exercise, but An Actual Video Game. I’d rub my face all over that.

I’ve also just noticed that Laika celebrated their 10th anniversary last year. To commemorate this, they released a short video celebrating the work they’ve been doing for the past ten years. Have a look.

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