Laika delivers a new and imaginative stop motion animated adventure with definite mythological leanings.
The story of Kubo is based on an original screenplay, but before fact checking, I had assumed that it was based on folktale or myth.
The creators adopted smaller mythological elements well, composing—rather than compiling—them into a succinct film. They incorporate details here and there, for instance: there’s a dinner in the belly of a whale a la Jonah, and golden Idols a la Jason and the Golden Fleece. Thankfully, the creators didn’t lean to heavily on the past tales, and the majority of the story feels fresh. It’s difficult to discuss this one without spoilers, so don’t read on if you’re concerned about that sort of thing.