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Score Guide – Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Join Will & Wend for their 25th Score Guide! In this episode they happily explore a fave in the film music community, the 2016 Laika animation, Kubo and the Two Strings by composer Dario Marianelli.

Featuring the often-used Metro Voices and performing talents of Hibiki Ichikawa on the 3-stringed traditional Japanese instrument, the shamisen, your hosts pull back the composer’s curtain, to reveal the themes, leitmotifs, instrumentation, textures, colours, and craft, all of which this film composer excels at, guiding you through the soundtrack release track-by-track, and sharing all the reasons why Kubo is their favourite score of 2016 along the way!

Don’t mess with the monkey!


Kubo and the Two Strings Warner Bros. Records (2016)


0:00 – Intro Tag: Spencer Creaghan

4:23 – 1. The Impossible Waves

08:02 – 2. Kubo Goes to Town

10:48 – 3. Story Time

15:18 – 4. Ancestors

18:31 – 5. Meet the Sisters!

23:32 – 6. Origami Birds

29:04 – 7. The Giant Skeleton

33:48 – 8. The Leafy Galleon

40:34 – 9. Above and Below

45:43 – 10. The Galleon Restored

48:00 – 11. Monkey’s Story

51:17 – 12. Hanzo’s Fortress

55:38 – 13. United-Divided

57:45 – 14. Showdown with Grandfather

1:01:49 – 15. Rebirth

1:03:38 – 16. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Composed by George Harrison/Performed by Regina Spektor)

4 thoughts on “Score Guide – Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

  1. Lasse Vogt

    This was my favorite 2016 score as well, along with James Newton Howard’s “Fantastic Beasts”. I love this music so much. Cool show!

      1. Lasse Vogt

        I would really like to be a guest on the show, I am a German Score-reviewer and would be honored to be a part of the podcast.

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