I had noticed recently an unusual amount of advertising for the soon to be released Laika feature Kubo and the Two Strings. Given that it is a stop motion animation being released outside of school holidays, I thought that this perhaps indicated a high degree of studio confidence in the film, even though I didn't find the trailers all that impressive.
And, yeah, seems my guess was right: early reviews from America are very, very strong, and I am now keen to see it. [Update: the Rottentomato score is even higher, and the one "rotten" review is from someone unknown at the Guardian, and it reads more as clickbait than a serious review.]
Once again, I will be forced to bribe at least my daughter to see it with me. My son is more easily persuaded to try new movies based on my sales pitch.
Anyway, as I love seeing behind the scenes at Laika, here's a short video showing some of the work on this film: