village in the sky

Interesting Tidbits from the Director’s Commentary for “Kubo and the Two Strings”

1. Kubo’s eye is indeed missing. It’s gone.

2. The monkey netsuke is a family heirloom.

3. Sariatu is holding her power in reserve for the day she’ll have to protect Kubo. That’s why her health and mental state are continuously deteriorating. 

4. Kameyo is Kubo’s one friend in town. His one friend. 

5. Kubo’s hair is actual human hair combined with silicone.

6. Puppets sweat. The silicone’s oils seep out of the surface under the heat of the lights. They have to be patted down occasionally.

7. Kubo was born in the Beetle Clan Castle.

8. When the Moon King attacked Hanzo’s fortress, he was aided not only by the Sisters, but also by his own army.

9. The Moon Beast’s design is supposed to be evocative of the constellations in the sky.

10. Confirmed: The villagers do indeed love Kubo.

11. The little images that appear in the margins of the end credits are meant to make it feel as if Kubo’s story is an old myth.

12. “Kubo is meant to be something of an Orpheus figure – a boy gifted with divine music who could coax rocks and trees to dance with the beauty of his work.”

Orion Nebula (M42) and NGC 1977 from the Arizona Sky Village, Meade 7" APO | Motion Effects by rexisky


Good Morning from Scotland

Kinghorn by Martin Devlin
Via Flickr:
A quick shot of Kinghorn this morning,

So does anyone remember that old maprip I did of the Shaymin Village?

Well, the original was incomplete, with bits and pieces missing on the bottom and the top, so I decided to fill it in myself. I imagine there’s probably an actual full map tucked away in the game files, one that I can’t access since I don’t know jack about digging into a game beyond using the screenshot button and putting everything together like puzzle pieces, but either way, here’s this for anyone’s reference.