Laika is the little studio that could. After scoring three consecutive critical and commercial hits with the sublime Coraline (2009), Paranorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014), along comes Kubo and the Two Strings. And all done using almost extinct stop-motion animation.
Coming across as an ancient Japanese folk tale, this tells the story of Kubo, who lives an idyllic life atop a mountain. But when an evil spirit from the past resurfaces, he must locate a magical suit of armour once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior, and battle this evil foe.
If the (somewhat disappointing) summer blockbusters have left you feeling in need of a different sustenance, this looks like a perfect antidote. After opening in the States on August 19, UK viewers get to see Kubo September 9.