Here’s how it is: the Earth got used up, so Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR. Those who possess it no longer bound by the laws of equivalent exchange in alchemy. Their mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. The people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups– psychopaths and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. There is nothing wrong with your television set.

If you must blink, do it now.

 

(Try and guess all of them in the comments, I’ll tell you if you’re right!)

So I saw Kubo and the Two Strings this weekend and it was good. Like, really good. On the scale of Shark Tale to PIXAR, it’s a solid The Little Mermaid.  The animation is gorgeous– LAIKA has really outdone themselves this time, especially with all of the origami scattered throughout the film. The characters are wonderful too, from the design, to the animation (again), to the actors (though they sort-of oversold Takei’s role, it’s basically a cameo), to the dialogue. The fight sequences were great as well, extremely well choreographed with very fluid motion and interesting to look at. Plus the fact that the movie used proper lighting so you could actually see all the action. And the story… um… Well, the story is…

Okay, time to get meta.

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