Episode Five of the FOEC podcast is dedicated to the animation of America's premier stop-motion animation studio, Laika, whose films have delighted the three FOEC podcast hosts and built up a great deal of anticipation for Laika's latest, most ambitious release to date, Kubo & the Two Strings. But will Kubo live up to our sky-high expectations?
The episode for this fortnight is a little late to arrive but there is still plenty of time to catch Kubo & the Two Strings in the cinema (after listening to our review, of course). Kubo's creators, Laika Entertainment, are one of the most exciting and impressive stop-motion animation houses working in film today. We take this opportunity to follow our review of Kubo with an assessment of Laika's filmography, which really does have something for everyone, from design-obsessed aesthete, Sandy, to classic horror fanatic, James, to fans of darkly twisted bedtime stories, like Jeremy.
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00:00 to 01:59 – Intro + audio clip from the trailer for Kubo & the Two Strings (2016).
02:00 to 30:42 – Review of Kubo & the Two Strings.
30:43 to 39:50 – Discussion of Coraline (2009) + audio clip.
39:51 to 48:50 – Discussion of ParaNorman (2012) + audio clip.
48:51 to 01:01:34 – Discussion of The Boxtrolls (2014) + audio clip.
THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)
FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (BY LAIKA):
Coraline (2009, USA – Henry Selick)
ParaNorman (2012, USA – Chris Butler & Sam Fell)
The Boxtrolls (2014, USA – Graham Annabel & Anthony Stacchi)
Kubo & the Two Strings (2016, USA – dir. Travis Knight)
The Sandman (1991, UK – short film – dir. Paul Berry)
Corpse Bride (2005, UK/USA – dir. Tim Burton & Mike Johnson)
Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, UK – dir. Steve Box & Nick Park)
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009, USA – dir. Wes Anderson)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, Japan – dir. Isao Takahata)
Anomalisa (2015, USA – dir. Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman)
Inside Out (2015, USA – dir. Pete Docter)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, UK – Mark burton & Richard Starzak)