Kubo and the Two Strings

The Laika and Focus Features release features a voice cast of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro. Game of Thrones' Art Parkinson voices the kindhearted title character whose humble and quiet life in ancient Japan is disrupted when a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. The 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid was written by Marc Haimes and ParaNorman writer-director Chris Butler, and also marks the directorial debut of Laika CEO Travis Knight.

Animation Roundtable: Seth Rogen and 6 More on Avoiding Ethnic Stereotypes and How to "Break the Mold" of Princesses

A panel of top toon creators — including Byron Howard ('Zootopia), Garth Jennings ('Sing'), Travis Knight ('Kubo and the Two Strings'), Mike Mitchell ('Trolls'), John Musker ('Moana') and Mark Osborne ('The Little Prince') — reveal their surprising inspirations, when to avoid having certain characters kiss and why you have to "kill yourself" when working in animation.

Animation Roundtable: Seth Rogen and 6 More on Avoiding Ethnic Stereotypes and Creating Princesses Who Don't Wear Uncomfortable Shoes | Animation Oscar Roundtable

A panel of top toon creators — including Byron Howard ('Zootopia), Garth Jennings ('Sing'), Travis Knight ('Kubo and the Two Strings'), Mike Mitchell ('Trolls'), John Musker ('Moana') and Mark Osborne ('The Little Prince') — reveal their surprising inspirations, when to avoid having certain characters kiss and why you have to "kill yourself" when working in animation.