The gorgeously handcrafted stop-motion film seems to embark on that familiar hero's journey, only to find its own way home. "As we structured the thing, we were definitely well aware of the ground we were treading on, the formulas, the templates, the classics of the genre," says "Kubo" director and Laika Entertainment chief Travis Knight. "But while'Kubo' is in that tradition, it takes a different path when it gets to the end." The film looks different as well, with its character models and environments inspired by Japanese folklore. It's not a sequel, it's not based on specific myths or books; it just feels like it is rooted deeply somewhere.