This movie was created by the talented men and women and Laika, a movie company that specializes in stop motion animation movies. Kubo seems to be the company's biggest endeavor yet with the stop motion being blended with a CGI to create an altogether different beast. The movie is also said to have the biggest stop motion puppet to date, as evidence by the skeleton giant in the trailer. The lead producer, Travis Knight was born Hillsboro, Oregon and attended Portland State Universitiy. Since 2005 he has been one of the key members of Laika. The thing that draws me to this movie is how the imagery tells the story. Every image serves to detail the world and story as much as the voice actors do. Another reason, aside from the beautiful blending of CGI and stop motion, is the meaning behind everything. I felt like kids could enjoy it but still older audiences can take valuable lessons on loss and grief. For this reason Kubo is one the most inspiring and beautiful movies to date, and that's hard to come by with all the Hollywood cliche movies.