Kubo and the Two Strings

Theatrical Release: August 19, 2016
Kubo and the Two Strings


A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Dove Review

“Kubo and the Two Strings”, on a positive note, deals with a boy’s love for his mother and his longing for his deceased father. He defends his mother when her two sisters, both evil, attack her with swords. There is a reason they are so evil which is explained in the movie. The animation is well done and the movie takes Kubo on several adventures, including on the sea and below it.

Regrettably, there are a lot of fights, sword fights, wounds from the swords and scary images of ferocious monsters. There is also the the belief in contacting the dead and in reincarnation, including the dead returning. So, despite the “spirit of the samurai” which is promoted in the film, we are unable to award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Idiot-1; Stupid-1; You witch-1; H (as a place)-1
Violence: Woman bangs her head on a rock and is injured; woman tells boy to "kill the chicken, rip it to pieces!"; a mist like hands hits people; several fish are caught with arrows and held up to be seen; a character pulls a sword from a giant skull; a character's hand is slapped; several sword fights with two women with swords causing harm; fights.
Drugs: Pipe smoking.
Nudity: None
Other: Families pray to Spirit at graves and at altars, calling for their deceased loved ones to return; it is said that those that die are shifted and transformed into other forms of life; the dead spirits return; a grandfather is evil and attacks his grandson but a song causes him to undergo a change; scary images of monstrous creatures; witches cause problems; a skeleton of a giant monster is seen; the mention of a "charm".


Company: Focus Features
Director: Travis Knight
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 101 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Voices by: Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter