Everyone knows that stop-motion animation takes an absolutely absurd amount of craftsmanship – and time – to make. There are a few ways that filmmakers can make the medium a bit easier to work in, though. Obviously keeping out crazy action sequences would be a good idea, but a simple production shortcut would be to keep things set mostly in the same locations so that your production stage isn’t constantly undergoing drastic changes.
Kubo and the Two Strings did neither of those things. It has crazy action sequences and tracks a journey that spreads across many wildly different locations. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you think about Laika’s past movies, Kubo marked a more ambitious challenge than anything they’d done. Corpse Bride, Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls are comparatively light on action, but they also mostly take place in one small town or even a single house. Kubo goes all over a gorgeous, made-up world.
You’ll be able to explore the making of that world when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 22, 2016, but for now we’ve got a tiny glimpse at one of its making-of segments all about the sets. Check it out.
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