Set in ancient mythical Japan, a young boy with magical powers named Kubo lives a quiet life caring for his mother in a village. His normal way of life is shattered when he accidentally reawakens an age-old vendetta. As gods and monsters to chase Kubo, he begins a quest to find a magical suit of armor sought after by his late father in order to defend himself against the power of the Moon Kingdom. Along the way, he meets Monkey, a small talisman brought to life by his mother's remaining magic, and Beetle, an amnesiac man-turned-bug who believes he was once a samurai.
- Art Parkinson as Kubo
- Matthew McConaughey as Beetle
- Charlize Theron as Monkey
- Rooney Mara as The Sisters
- Ralph Fiennes as The Moon King
- Brenda Vaccaro as Kameyo
On December 22, 2014, Laika and Focus Features announced that the production began on a 3D stop-motion animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, which Laika's CEO Travis Knight would make his directorial debut, based on the script by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. Knight and Arianne Sutner would produce the film. Voice casting included Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro.