WOOD WORK

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“At Laika, we don’t want house style, so every film is its own thing and the de­sign should re­flect that. For Kubo, our visual in­spi­ra­tion was the many forms of clas­sic Ja­panese art, you see some of that in­fused in this con­cept art. Some of the main in­flu­ences were origami and ink-wash paint­ings, but the big­gest was Ukiyo-e, which lit­er­ally means ‘pic­tures of the float­ing world’. The most prom­i­nent form of that is the clas­sic Ja­panese wood block print, so we drew in­spi­ra­tion from the masters like Hoku­sai and Hiroshige; we wanted

Kubo to look like a mov­ing wood block print.”

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