Kubo and the Two Strings Animation Workshop

A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Kubo and the Two Strings.

The latest masterpiece from the animation studio behind the Academy Award ® -nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls is released on Blu-ray ™ and DVD on 16th January from Universal Pictures Home.

From acclaimed animation studio LAIKA Kubo and the Two Strings is an all-new epic adventure starring the voice talents of Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey.

Young Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning fantastical tales. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo journeys on an action-packed quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father, discover his own magical powers, and reunite his family.

Kubo and the Two Strings

In the film, Kubo is a master of the art of Origami and we were invited to London for a storytelling origami animation workshop with Chocolate Films to celebrate the release of the film.

We arrived to find work stations all set up with the equipment we needed, but got to watch a few short stop animation videos to help us understand what we could achieve. We then got to make our own Origami birds to feature in our story.

Stop Animation Workshop

We were split into small groups and we were paired with Monkey from Over40andamumtoone. Having the youngest team was a challenge, purely as they let their imaginations run wild, however, they had a ball making their video which featured a giant T-Rex (thanks to Sebby), a mermaid, birds, people, fish and rainbow rain.

Stop Animation Workshop

I am not entirely sure that their story made much sense but they are very proud of it and it was lovely seeing them let loose with their imaginations.

There were four teams in total and here are all the creations together:

18 thoughts on “Kubo and the Two Strings Animation Workshop”

  1. What a fabulous experience, and I love to see children’s imagination shine. I love it when it makes sense to them, but not necessarily anyone else.

  2. Looks like a great experience! I love stop-frame animation. I remember the old films like Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, not to mention Wallace and Gromit 🙂

  3. Thats so much fun. Great to see how children interact and get creative and that these days they’re encouraged to do so even though there’s so much other stuff out there.


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