Release Date: 30 November 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson
Animated movies are all light and fluffy fare for kids, yeah? No! That’s a load of phooey, especially when Laika exists. The US animation studio responsible for Coraline and ParaNorman always look on the dark side of life (insert whistles here), and they continue this with the remarkable Japanese-set tale of young Kubo. How dark is it? Well, his two aunts and grandpa took his left eye when he was a mere bub. He can’t stay out after sunset for fear that they’ll return for his other peeper. Then there’s the kid trying to communicate with his dead samurai warrior dad, subsequent aunt wrath against his mother, and a survival quest to find his father’s magic armour. Stunning in absolutely every sense (although obviously not for younger kids), this stop-motion wonder just might dethrone Disney/Pixar come Oscar time.