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Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

Story

Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautiful and melancholy animated adventure set in a mythical Japanese landscape. It tells the story of a young boy's quest to protect himself from evil ancestral spirits.

Kubo (voice of Art Parkinson) lives with and cares for his ill mother (voice of Charlize Theron). He makes a living by entertaining the local villagers with enchanting and exciting stories.

One evening, Kubo makes the mistake of staying out past sunset. As darkness descends, a dark and evil force awakens. It is the spirits of his mother's demonic sisters (voice of Rooney Mara), who have come to wreak vengeance and capture Kubo. Forced to run, Kubo is joined by Monkey (voice of Charlize Theron) and Beetle (voice of Matthew McConaughey). Together they must find a magical suit of armour that was worn by Kubo's late father. Eventually, Kubo comes face to face with his evil grandfather, the 'Moon King' (voice of Ralph Fiennes), and must battle to remain mortal and human.

Themes

Loss of a parent; magic; the power of storytelling; ancestor worship; reincarnation and death

Violence

Kubo and the Two Strings has many scenes of violence and peril. For example:

  • Kubo's mother is caught in a stormy sea. As her boat capsizes she's thrown against a rock, where her head is cut open. Her face is scarred and she suffers brain damage as a result.
  • There are several fighting scenes, in which the characters use weapons like swords, chains, blades, and bow and arrows. They also use martial arts-style kicking.
  • During a fight, Monkey is struck with a blade attached to a chain and has a deep and bloody cut in the side of her body. Eventually this causes her to weaken and die.
  • Kubo, Monkey and Beetle enter a dark tomb and must fight a giant skeleton with glowing red eye sockets and a gaping mouth. The skeleton grabs Monkey and Beetle in its hands and is about to eat them.
  • Beetle is stabbed in the back and dies.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Kubo and the Two Strings has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:

  • At night when Kubo's mother is dreaming, inanimate objects rise up and fly around the room.
  • Kubo's mother has some kind of brain damage, which makes her behave in a vacant, confused and depressed way. Kubo is her carer.
  • Kubo possesses magical powers that allow him to make a paper origami figure come to life.
  • Kubo is upset that his father died and he never got to know him. He tries to talk to the spirit of his dead father by lighting a lantern, but this doesn't work.
  • Two demonic spirits appear. They are very scary, witch-like, female characters with vacant and eerie faces. They rise up and float through the air and are extremely menacing and threatening. They try to lure Kubo into coming with them.
  • The demonic spirits send out a kind of dark smoke monster to chase Kubo through the forest and to destroy the village where he lives.
  • Kubo's village is destroyed, and he believes his mother has been killed.
  • Kubo dives down into a lake where there is a forest of giant eyeballs. The eyeballs seek to hypnotise him and drown him. Beetle rescues him.
  • Kubo discovers that Monkey is actually his mother and Beetle is his father. Then they are both murdered by one of the demonic sisters. They die happy in the knowledge that they have been reunited as a family.
  • The Moon King appears as an old man to Kubo. When Kubo refuses to join him in the realm of the immortal, the Moon King transforms into a fantastic and terrifying dragon/serpent monster that terrorises Kubo and the other villagers. This scene is resolved when Kubo uses magic to turn the Moon King into a mortal old man.
  • Kubo summons the ghosts of his dead mother and father so they can reunite and say goodbye to each other.

From 5-8
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed or scared by the scenes mentioned above.

From 8-13
Younger children in this age group might also be disturbed or scared by some of the scenes mentioned above.

Over 13
There is nothing in this movie to concern children in this age group. But if you have children aged over 13 who see this movie, you might want to discuss its themes with them.

Sexual references

Kubo and the Two Strings has some mild sexual references. For example:

  • Kubo's mother tells the romantic story of how she met and fell in love with Kubo's father.
  • Monkey and Beetle flirt mildly, and Monkey gives Beetle a massage.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Kubo and the Two Strings shows occasional use of substances. For example, one of the villagers smokes a pipe.

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

Kubo and the Two Strings has no product placement of concern, but merchandise associated with the movie is being marketed to children.

Coarse language

Kubo and the Two Strings has some mild coarse language and mild insults.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Kubo and the Two Strings is a moving story that explores deep themes, like death and spirituality, with humour and beauty. Although the movie is quite dark and edgy, there are moments of pure, magical delight. There are also many positive role models in the movie, particularly Monkey, who is a brave, kind and assertive character.

The violence and disturbing scenes and themes in Kubo and the Two Strings make it unsuitable for children under 9 years. We also recommend parental guidance for children aged 9-11 years.

These are the main messages from this movie:

  • Family is important.
  • Everyone has a special story to tell.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include

  • courage, bravery and teamwork
  • respect for elders
  • the power of storytelling.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day

With ten guns per side, wind in the sails, at full sail ... Arrive, descend, land to port !! Arrrr ... Do not be distracted, my cabin boys, lest these ruffians of the corsairs approach.

Have you ever played pirates with your children? I do. With hook and patch included. No peg leg, yes. But scarf and parrot (plush) were not missing. The best, talk like them. Buccaneers, corsairs, fearsome pirates or a simple cabin boy. The case is to give free rein to the imagination and navigate. On boarding!

'Ah, from the friendly ship!' It turns out that the vocabulary of pirates has a special day for all of us to remember them. The day in question is September 19. What initially arose as a game between two American friends (John Baur and Marks Summers), quickly spread like wildfire to the point of becoming an international commemoration. But why are pirates so popular with children?

Pirates are sometimes a bit ruffians, liars and very rogue. For some, also thieves, yes. But in the world of children all their defects disappear. And its virtues are extolled. Pirates lose their malice.

Pirates are also dreamy, persevering, brave and courageous characters for children. They are heroes and heroines. They tirelessly seek to conquer their dreams, and incidentally, of course, take home a loot.

Pirates challenge anyone who dares to put obstacles in their way, overcome challenges, and search, search and search, compass in hand. They explore beyond the seas. They draw routes, maps, destinations. And they hide their precious treasures in secret places.

Pirates transmit a halo of magic, of adventure. Of conquest.

They sail in brigs, with the black flag of the white skull as their standard. They dream of mermaids and keep their stories in log books. They hoard booties and often bear scars reminiscent of their adventures.

If even SpongeBob has a pirate who tells his stories to the old sea wolf, it is because they are characters closely linked to the world of children. From the crazy adventures of Jack Sparrow to the incredible stories of the island of Jake and the pirates, passing through Long John Silver of Treasure Island. But the most famous pirate is, perhaps, Captain Hook. Neither the pirate Tick, sailing to windward, nor Blackbeard himself can overshadow him. A greedy pirate in this case who from time to time also transmits some cuteness. Because they bad, no matter how bad they seem, in the end they are not so bad. At least in the world of children.

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Posthumous Warming: The Easier Requests

Posthumous Warming: The Easier Requests

No matter how wonderful pregnancy and the advent of childbirth, no matter how exciting the first few months are together, our bodies will certainly undergo major changes during this time.

The lack of sexual desire

With a newborn in our arms, we think sex is the least ... and it also has hormonal causes. Decreased levels of estrogen and testosterone combined with lower libido and vaginal fat. We need at least three months to get our hormonal system back to its pre-pregnancy state (if you breastfeed, this process may take longer). Muscles and tissues in the pelvis can also be in a convincing state, which can cause pain. Sleeplessness, stress in a new life situation, and the altered dynamics of a relationship can also affect our perceptions of sexuality. The solution: allow enough time for ourselves (and for our couple, of course), and slowly, carefully, re-establishing our relationship. Emphasize Intimacy: It is not the only sexual act that is the only way to express our attraction! In case of vagina or pain, you can try estrogen-containing naps, but a hot bath can help a lot.What Changes In Our Body After Birth?

Increased gasification

It is quite normal - even if it is very unpleasant - for us to spit out more after birth. Parenting can affect the pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, nerves and therefore temporarily lose control of the muscles of the pelvis. This usually goes away in just a few weeks, but intimate gymnastics can do a lot to strengthen your muscles.

Filled sleeve

After childbirth, it is necessary for a few weeks for the vagina to regain elasticity and return (at least approximated) to its previous size. Because hormones also play a major role, breastfeeding may extend this time. Exercises for strengthening pelvic floor muscles can also be useful here.

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It is a very unpleasant problem, but surprisingly many women suffer from dripping or stress incontinence, which means that when you cough, holy, laugh, or even move around, you have a small amount of urine. As with previous problems, this can be traced back to weakened pelvic floor muscles and tissues. Intimate gymnastics helps to strengthen the affected area, but also make sure that we do not force ourselves too much or lift heavy objects. It is also important to pay attention to your diet, as the onset of dementia can only further deteriorate our condition. (Via)Also worth reading:
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How do we paint the child's room?

How do we paint the child's room? We put together talent, color, passion and love, and the result will definitely be loved by the child ...

Color is what defines childhood and how the perception of the environment by the little ones from the first weeks of life. Not by chance, toys dedicated to the smallest babies are basically a blast of color. The cartoon characters, the illustrations of the books and everything addressed to the little ones abound with the chromatic charm.
The idea of ​​arranging the living space of the small one and not only, is often as enthusiastic as it is difficult to achieve. We do not always find the most suitable decorative object to emphasize a corner of the room or we do not find the most suitable curtains. Probably not even the wallpaper models we find in the profile stores are always exactly what we want.
And then, what other variant can we adopt? I propose a wide opening towards the personalization of the living space through the interior painting of the walls. It is an opportunity to add an extra personality, to bring a cheerful note, to give another dimension to the space you choose to arrange.

This method I chose for my son. With much love and dedication I sketched in my mind, then on paper, the little universe I dreamed for my child. Because I paint, I always knew that as soon as he had his room, I would make it so that he would be surrounded by color and cute characters who would smile at them from every corner of the room. Of course, I used water-resistant, nontoxic, matte colors, with good coloring power and a very cheerful appearance.
To create a world for our children we must choose colors and characters. And both are equally important. It is clear that we must bring his favorite characters close to the child, but we must also choose the right colors. We can, by using all this, educate the aesthetic sense of our children and once again create the feeling of home. Home will be a place full of color and light!

Colors are important in our lives through the effects they have on our state of mind. Medicine uses color for therapeutic purposes, this side of which is called chromotherapy. Warm colors have a stimulating effect, while cold colors have a calming, soothing effect. Let's embark on a journey between colors and emotions!
Red is the brightest color, it is the color that acts on the heart, increasing the heart rate. It is the color that increases dynamism and physical energy. At the same time, it is the color that must be avoided in the bedroom, in offices, in the areas intended for relaxation. Too much red can create anxiety and aggression.
Yellow helps concentrate and combat depression. It stimulates the good will, the feeling of general well-being, increases the appetite. It is ideal for the kitchen: it does not alter the natural colors of the food and offers the sensation of cleanliness. But it is the color that will be avoided in the sleeping rooms, as it makes us more nervous and speeds our breathing. It is the brightest color.
Orange is the hottest color, but not as exciting as red and not as bright as yellow. It induces serenity, enthusiasm and good mood, amplifies optimism, drives away fear and nervousness. It is the perfect color for a living room, living room and dining room.

Green is the color of serenity and nature. It promotes sleep, alleviates emotional stress, being a regenerating color that transmits calm and calm. It is adapted for spaces that require clarity and focus attention, such as study rooms and therapy rooms.
Blue has calming and anti-stress properties. It promotes relaxation and sleep. It slows the heartbeat and the breathing rhythm, alleviating the feeling of hunger. It is the color adapted for offices and bedrooms, used more for its open wedding. It is the coolest color.

The colors are therefore able to condition our mood and inner balance. We must, therefore, that when making a choice for the child's room, we must take into account the color, the story of the painting and the emotions we arouse and arouse to our children.

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