In a Pixar/Dreamworks world, a lot of animation that’s not originally in the Japanese language falls by the wayside. I’d bet that goes double for stop-motion animation. Which is a shame, because Kubo and the Two Strings is an amazing kids movie.
It’s on Netflix right now, and I suggest you watch it for the animation alone. It’s so good, you’ll forget that it is stop-motion animation. When you do realize it’s stop-motion, your jaw might hit the floor. It is that gorgeous and fluid.
The plot is so-so. Standard quest story. Kubo’s companions are unique (although quite obvious). The enemies are terrifying and varied. The pacing is good and I went through a full range of emotions. The standardness of the plot though is balanced with a very nice redemption twist. Love conquers all.
See it, enjoy it, show it to your kids and get it on the shelf right next to all your Pixar movies.
3.5 out of 4 stars.