Focus Features and LAIKA Studios have just released a new music video of Regina Spektor’s cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Her version of the iconic Beatles’ song is equal parts haunting and influenced by Japanese musical stylings. The song can also be heard on the Kubo and the Two Strings Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which is available now.
The music video features shots of Spektor in the recording booth along with several newly released footage from Kubo and the Two Strings. There’s a bit of a fight scene between Monkey and one of the Twin Sisters, Kubo battling the gigantic Moon Beast, and bonding moments of the three adventurers. Having seen the film and visited the production, the video and song capture the tone of Kubo and the Two Strings perfectly, blending darker elements with a sense of adventure and fun
If you don’t think the Kubo trailers provide enough footage and are looking for more in anticipation of the Laik’s latest 3D stop-motion release, the video is a must-watch. The cover stands on its own as a great song, with Spektor’s captivating voice complementing the acoustics nicely.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” additionally plays over the end-credits of Kubo and the Two Strings, accompanying behind-the-scenes footage that LAIKA traditionally includes in the credits. Shots of animators painstakingly adjusting figures around set, operating huge mechanical creations, and building the many maquettes and props that bring Kubo to life.
Kubo and the Two Strings releases in theaters nationwide August 19, 2016. An epic action-adventure film set in fantastical Japan, the movie follows a young boy Kubo on his quest to discover the secrets of his past and triumph over a tremendous evil. Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) is joined by Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) as he battles giant skeletons, the terrifying Twin Sisters (Rooney Mara) and the ancient Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Rounding out the all-star voice cast are George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.
Written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler and with a story by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes, Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated film unlike any other. Kubo is truly inspired by classic samurai tales and the works of Kurosawa and Miyazaki. The film also marks LAIKA CEO Travis Knight’s directorial debut. Knight previously oversaw production of and worked as an animator on Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. The blend of action, comedy, and heart-warming characters makes the film the perfect end-of-summer family treat.
Spektor is a Russian-American singer-songwriter and pianist signed by Sire and Warner Bros Records. Her 7th studio album Remember Us to Life releases on September 30, 2016.