Kubo And The Two Strings Review - AVClub

AVClub: Deceased parents are (ironically) such a staple of family-friendly animation that it takes Kubo And The Two Strings some time to orient the audience to its variation on the orphaned child hero. Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) isn’t alone in the world, but sometimes feels like it; he cares for his mother in their sparse cliffside home in ancient Japan. Kubo’s mother has moments of lucidity where she talks about his dead father and their history together, before retreating into a semi-catatonic state, relying on her son to cook for her and put her to bed. During the day, the one-eyed Kubo travels to a nearby village, where he puts on magically enhanced origami shows—an ongoing and oft-repeated story of heroism and derring-do without a clear ending.

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