Art of Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is an animation movie produced by Laika and directed by Travis Knight in 2016. The pictures on this page are a collection of artworks created for this movie.


In ancient Japan, Kubo is a young boy who lives with his ill mother, Sariatu, in a cave on top of a mountain. Every day he goes out to a nearby village to tell stories by magically manipulating pieces of paper that form into origami that moves under music played from Kubo's shamisen to the villagers. He tells the tale of a samurai warrior named Hanzo, who is Kubo's missing father. Every day he returns to his mother when the town bell chimes signaling sunset. She explicitly warns him not to stay outside after dark or her Sisters (his aunts) and his grandfather, the Moon King, will come to take his remaining eye, as they took the other when he was a baby..