KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is the latest from Laika

KUBO hits theaters August 19

Part Pokémon, part GAME OF THRONES opening credits, the interactive video exploring KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS allows you to check out Kubo’s world with clips and insight into the locations he visits in the film.

A product of Laika, the studio that also brought us PARANORMAN, THE BOXTROLLS, and CORALINE, KUBO is another stop-motion adventure. This one takes place in ancient Japan, where a boy (Kubo) must find a magical suit of armor while being chased by gods and monsters. Director Travis Knight (who was nominated for an Oscar for producing THEstrings BOXTROLLS), tells io9.com, “For KUBO, set in a fantastical Japan, we made sure that the flora and fauna of a given scene are as accurate to the time and place as we can make them, but then added additional details to add a sense of mystery and magic that might not necessarily be historically accurate.”

North, a company based in Portland, where Laika is also based, created the interactive video to allow fans to investigate the places Kubo encounters on his epic journey. Give it a look below and if you like the art, check out THE ART OF KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS by Chronicle Books. The fully illustrated tome goes behind the scenes to focus on the artwork and animation.

The film, which opens theatrically August 19, features A-list voice talent, including Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, and GAME OF THRONESArt Parkinson.

FM spoke to Knight exclusively about KUBO in issue #287. Pick it up at Magzter.com.