The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

Graham Annable (2014)

92min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Those with a soft spot for chaotic critters will delight in this fun, aesthetically appealing adaptation of Alan Snow's illustrated novel Here Be Monsters!. Produced by the stop-motion animation studio behind ParaNorman and Coraline, the film is set in Cheesebridge, a towering town whose populace live in fear of the eponymous beasties. Isaac Hempstead-Wright provides the voice for the boy raised by these misunderstood nocturnal creatures, with Elle Fanning as the lonely girl he befriends. However, the young leads are a touch wan so it's up to the adult cast (including Richard Ayoade, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) to get their teeth into their larger-than-life characters. Although the film suffers from a simplistic, sometimes rushed, plot, the right-on script scatters moral messages among the anarchy by taking a pop at wasteful aristocrats and the ruthlessly aspirational (epitomised by Ben Kingsley's dastardly troll-exterminator), while cheeringly championing the demonised little guys. Indeed, the blue-skinned, miscellaneously misshapen boxtrolls are a triumph of design and painstaking execution, with their glow-in-the-dark eyes providing ample wow factor.

Summary

The people of a small town live in fear of underground trolls, which they do not realise are actually harmless. A boy raised by the creatures must convince the townsfolk there is nothing to fear when a team of pest exterminators is hired to wipe out the friendly monsters. Stop-motion animated fantasy, with the voices of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and Ben Kingsley.

Cast & Crew

Eggs Isaac Hempstead Wright
Winnie Elle Fanning
Archibald Snatcher Ben Kingsley
Lady Portley-Rind Toni Collette
Lord Portley-Rind Jared Harris
Mr Trout Nick Frost
Mr Pickles Richard Ayoade
Mr Gristle Tracy Morgan
Director Graham Annable
Director Anthony Stacchi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Sep 2014
Drama Children's