One of the best animated films I have had the pleasure of watching.
It centres around a young lad who has lost his father and is brought up in secrecy by his mother to protect him from his own grandfather's clutches. He kills time by playing with his origami characters and bringing them to life using his guitar. He makes up stories that enthral the market goers so he can earn enough to feed him and his mother.
Over time, his mother has lucid periods where she recounts some of his past and he learns he must locate three magical items (a sword, some armour and a helmet) to do battle with a vengeful spirit and maybe save himself and his mother from the clutches of his grandfather.
During the course of his quest he meets characters to help him along the way until we get to the promised show down.
That gives you the gist, but not the style, beauty or sheer skill it took to produce this stop-go movie form the makers of Coraline and Frankenweenie, (both worth a watch in their own right). It is quite simply breathtaking and you will not see a better animated movie this year.