Brother, Can You Spare Two Strings?




I was sitting at home the other day, when it occurred to me that I had not seen the Good Dinosaur yet. Nor, as I sat there and mused on the subject, did I have any desire to do so. This alarmed me somewhat, as on paper it would seem to be tailored made to my interest: a dinosaur movie made by Pixar. Except, Pixar is not what it used to be. It just isn't. Gone are the days of the other animations studios threatening to sue them because they'd had too many good movies in a row, and there had to be something hinky going on. No, the modern Pixar is no different than any other movie studio: sometimes they make a good film, sometimes a bad one, but mostly just passably fine ones that have very little lasting power in the memory. Their days of being the studio we could absolutely count on to deliver the goods, and upon whom an announcement of a new project would result in years worth of worthy anticipation is gone.

For me, that studio is now Laika (which, fun fact, was born from the ashes of Will Vinton Studios, which owned the copyright on the term "claymation"). They've released three films: Coraline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls, and each shows that same level of heartfelt dedication that makes them as timeless and practically perfect as those early Pixar films. As one would hope from stop-frame animation. Anything that takes that long and that much patients to make has to be worth it in the end. And now, we can begin the process of dying in worthy anticipation for their new film, Kubo and the Two Strings. Set in ancient Japan, the film will follow Kubo as he gathers the pieces of his father's Samurai armor in order to protect his village from spirits, aided by two magical strings tied to a shamisen. The film, like their previous films, has an unexpected and talented voice cast consisting of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro, and Game of Throne's Art Parkinson. I assume because casting a Stark child as their lead the last time worked out so well.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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