Sunday, January 01, 2017

Tip#1018: Move Forward By Letting Go, Part 2 - Kubo and the Two Strings

The year 2016 was a breakthrough time for me because I made huge strides forward with solutions to my challenges of clinical depression, health & wellness, personal relationships and career. And I know none of this could have happened if I didn't let go of old beliefs and habits that were holding me back. Read some of the therapies that helped me in tip#1010.

Letting go was also a big theme with beloved musicians and actors that passed away in 2016. David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are just some examples that left us. In the end their legacies will endure depending on how we each remember them and keep their memories alive.

And so was it a big coincidence that I finally got to see Kubo and the Two Strings as my last film of 2016? I say this because it was a magnificent cinematic achievement highlighting the themes of letting go and the importance of storytelling and keeping the memories of loved ones alive.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

The stop-motion fantasy action-adventure film, Kubo and the Two Strings, is about a young boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) who has magical powers using music and goes on a quest in Ancient Japan. This thrilling, visually rich and stunning movie features engaging characters such as Kubo’s ill mother Sariatu (Charlize Theron), Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Sariatu's Sisters (Rooney Mara) and the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes).
See: movie trailer 1
See: movie trailer 2


Kubo’s adventure is filled with inspirational and motivational themes such as perseverance, resilience, letting go, family and the power of storytelling. Kubo learns these lessons as well as the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive, loving relationships. His magical abilities to bring paper to life and creating origami characters, like the samurai, was also amazing to watch unfold! (pun intended!)

You will also be dazzled by the incredible attention to detail in all the costumes, settings and characters based on Japanese history. When you realize that each facial expression, blowing hair, each wave in a storm and other movements on screen were all created through stop-motion animation it will make your jaw drop with awe and wonder! Read: Interview with Animation Supervisor Brad Schiff

For example, the Skeleton Demon (based on the Gashadokuro of Japanese folklore) is the largest stop-motion puppet ever built, standing at sixteen feet tall. Also the character of Kubo had over 48 million possible facial expressions and a total of 23,187 prototype faces that were created for him. Check out these three fascinating featurettes:

• Kubo and the Two Strings 'Creating the VFX' Featurette (2016)
• Kubo and the Two Strings 'Creatures of Darkness' Featurette (2016)
• Kubo and the Two Strings: Behind the Scenes Time Lapse

The magic of fantasy movies can take you away to imaginary worlds that can teach you important life lessons through creative metaphors. They can also inspire you to find your inner strengths to let go of whatever is holding you back and movie forward in your life, career and relationships. Be inspired today to begin your new year with courage, confidence and indestructible optimism!

Related Tips:
Tip#220: Move Forward By Letting Go – Lawrence of Arabia
Tip#1018: Move Forward By Letting Go, Part 2 - Kubo and the Two Strings
Tip#262: Learn To Let Go, Part 1 - Up
Tip#557: Learn To Let Go, Part 2 – Ted
Tip#588: Learn To Let Go, Part 3 – The Time Machine

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1 comment:

Aysu Toprak said...

Kubo lives a quiet and calm life in his village until he plays a soul gates for an age-old revenge. To survive, he needs his father's armor and magical powers. It is an adventure film that can be watched by the family, which is made by the company that makes the "ParaNorman" movie.