*The Electronic Urban Report/EUR was on the scene to cover the premiere of the animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” from Focus Features. We spoke with Matthew McConaughey and the other stars of the film and the filmmakers as well. “Kubo” opens this weekend.
EUR: How would describe your character and what drew you to the “Kubo and the Two Strings” script?
Matthew McConaughey: I play a samurai beetle who has amnesia! It sounded really fun to me and I got to be my kids favorite character…in animated films they like the goofy sidekick and that is this beetle.
Laika has been putting out quality animation for a long time and this was another quality script so, I was excited to work with them. This is the first animated film I have ever done. I was looking to do animation for years and I didn’t get hired…but I finally got hired.
Art Parkinson: Kubo is very strong, independent and brave.
EUR: Why should people go see “Kubo?”
Matthew McConaughey: The parents are going to like it. It has a dark theme to it which Laika always seems to do but the themes very digestible for kids. My wife adores this movie, my kids thought it was funny and still got the message. The message of..you have to work really hard to get the ending you want in your life, and it takes a lot of hard work. You have things that incentivize kids to go out to the theater but it’s light enough for them to really enjoy it, laugh at it, and have a good time.
Art Parkinson: “Kubo” has a great sense of empathy and forgiveness.
Arianne Sutner: “Kubo” is an extraordinary fantasy action-adventure with a lot of heart. I know moms, fathers, uncles, aunts and kids of all ages will really enjoyed it. The film was put together sincerely with love and it shows.
EUR: Talk about the writing process for “Kubo?”
Marc Haimes: Hugo’s restaurant in Studio City was kind of like our magic place. We went there and really cracked the story for about three months before I even started writing the first draft. I would put out ideas and Shannon (Tindle) would just look at me and I would think, ‘Oh, my God he thinks my idea is terrible!’ But then he would grab a pen and napkin and draw something like the eye or something from the movie. I’m not a visual person so, that is why I love about working with animators.
For more info on “Kubo and the Two Strings” including showtimes, click HERE.