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First to get the RSP out of the way, it is movie with a strong nod to Buddhism. The movie is set in Japan in a traditionally-Buddhist village. The action gets going after Kubo, attends a Buddhist Obon Festival.

They do it beautifully and build a fantastic adventure story on top of some of the most beautiful movie making in terms of animation I have ever seen. This one is worth seeing on the big screen to get the real impact of the stop motion techniques, really it is!

I really enjoyed the way they explored themes of the value of life and importance of family.

George Takei get to say "Oh My" at one point... a plus for us geeky types.


The director, Travis Knight, says his mother-in-law and her family are Buddhist. About the Buddhism in the film, Knight said,

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“That kind of spirituality is not something you typically see in film. I think it spoke to the basic idea about losing something that matters to you, which is a fundamental part of life. You don’t get through life unscathed. Being able to explore those ideas through the prism of fantasy and animation really allows parents and children to experience those things together, in a way they can understand. Sometimes these ideas are difficult to articulate, but in a film, if done in a poetic way, those things can make sense and you can talk about them.”


http://www.lionsroar.com/new-film-kubo-and-the-two-strings-i...


I don't know that I agree that these themes and spiritual ideas aren't typically seen in film at all... but I agree that this cultural and religious perspective isn't seen in Western films often. They do a beautiful job of doing it in a way that is meaningful while still being mostly a fun adventure story for all ages.

They also I think managed to remain true to some very non-western concepts from Asian culture, like ancestor veneration with a nod to a we are but part of a bigger story foundation belief without making it so different viscerally from a western cultural perspective that it interferes with our becoming immersed in the characters and feeling a deep human kinship with them.

Plus great fairy tale/fantasy in its own right as well. With some well done humor tossed in.

Overall well done IMO... so Kudos for Kubo from me.

You all should go see it.

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I've been hearing fantastic things about it, although I can't say I've been overwhelmed by their previous offerings (Coraline, ParaNorman, Boxtrolls). I mean - I know, I know - they are local, stop-motion nearly a lost craft, etc, et al.

Still. Just kinda 'meh' on what they've done so far.

This really that much better than the others?
 
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I liked it much better than Coraline. I didn't see ParaNorman nor BoxTrolls.

 
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You all should go see it.



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