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    Magic and Mystery in Kubo and the Two Strings

  • Dolby Vision imaging and Dolby Atmos sound bring stop-motion animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings to life and captivate viewers.

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    Hear from the director, animator, and producer about building Kubo's world with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

    • When young Kubo sets out from his village in ancient Japan, he leaves behind his quiet life as a storyteller. Armed with a stringed shamisen, a magical musical instrument, he summons forces that he doesn’t yet know how to control. With allies Monkey and Beetle, Kubo begins an epic adventure to solve the mystery of his lost father, the great samurai warrior, and save his family.

      As the first stop-motion animated feature to be created with Dolby Vision™ imaging and Dolby Atmos® sound, Kubo and the Two Strings breaks new ground. "In stop motion," says producer Arianne Sutner, "dialogue and sound is critically important. It's world building. In [Dolby] Atmos, it's visceral and helps us craft our characters and our stories," pulling viewers deep into the magical story.

      Director Travis Knight recalls that seeing Dolby Vision for the first time made him feel "like I was a kid again going to the movie theatre. … The detail, the clarity, the range of dynamism that you can see onscreen using Dolby Vision, it's really unlike anything we've seen before. And as a filmmaker, that's incredibly exciting."

      Animation supervisor Brad Schiff agrees: "The better the animation is, the better the color looks, the better the sound is, the more a viewer will get immersed in the story and forget about the medium they're watching. It's that suspension of disbelief and being able to just totally immerse in the story."

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