Continuing its success in stop motion, studio Laika releases its best movie since its original feature Coraline. Moving further away from the Tim Burton feel of previous offerings, Kubo and the Two Strings is a thrilling and magical tale set in ancient Japan. Kubo, who can manipulate origami characters to tell stories while he plays his shamisen, spends his time entertaining crowds with tales of a samurai warrior to earn enough to look after his sick mother, until he sets out on a quest to find his father’s armour. Aided by a monkey and a beetle-man, he must battle all kinds of mythical creatures on his journey. With a charming and exciting story and stunning traditional stop motion animation Kubo stands out as a must-watch family film in an industry filled with CGI.