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A Bowling Ball Was Integral in Making Kubo and the Two Strings' Gorgeous Stop-Motion Animation

Illustration for article titled A Bowling Ball Was Integral in Making iKubo and the Two Strings/i Gorgeous Stop-Motion Animation

Bowling: it’s not just for fun anymore. Now you can use it for filmmaking. At least, stop-motion filmmaking. Only at Laika. And specifically on Kubo and the Two Strings.


Kubo and the Two Strings, the beautiful and exciting stop-motion animated film, will be available for digitial download November 8 and on Blu-ray November 22. On the release, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes information, including this clip, which shows how Laika animators literally used a bowling ball to animate the Garden of Eyes scene. We’re excited to exclusively debut the clip.

For more on Kubo, check out the home release.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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There’s a sequence during the credits where they show the assembly of one of the models, up to which I had presumed it was all CGI. Now I’m wondering what was model work and what wasn’t. Impressive film either way.