You may not know LAIKA by name, but you probably know their movies. They did the stop-motion animated films Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls and their latest film, Kubo And The Two Strings, is about to be unveiled to the world.

Here’s the evocative first poster for the samurai adventure film, which will be released August 19, 2016; the trailer will be out Friday, December 11.

So what’s it about? Here’s the official plot synopsis, which also includes a few of the voice actors: people like Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and George Takei. Not bad.

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An epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and his heroic destiny. The all-star cast also includes George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Directed by Travis Knight, Kubo opens in August 2016.


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