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Elle Fanning is superb voicing the feisty, upper-crust 11-year-old Winnifred Portley-Rind in Laika’s beautiful 3D stop-motion animated fantasy-adventure, The Boxtrolls, opening September 26th. When scheming social climber Archibald Snatcher (Sir Ben Kingsley) attempts to exterminate the kind creatures that raised the orphan boy Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Winnie helps her new friend devise a daring plan to save his adopted family. Not only was Fanning drawn to playing the sassy character with a big heart and a dark imagination, but she liked what the unique story had to say about love and courage. At a recent roundtable interview, Fanning talked about finding the right frame of mind to play her character, her inspirations for Winnie’s voice, how her voice-over experience compared to regular acting, what it was like using a posh English accent, how she created the right environment in the recording booth, the appeal of fantasy and »
- Sheila Roberts
The stop-motion animation studio Laika is king when it comes to animated fables. After the success of Coralineand ParaNorman, the studio is now releasing their latest creations, The Boxtrolls into theatres this week.
Based on the children’s book Here Be Monsters!, The Boxtrolls tells the tale of orphaned boy Eggs (voiced by “Game of Thrones” star Isaac Hempstead Wright) who is raised by underground-dwelling trolls who love collecting trash. Eggs must play the hero for his family when they are threatened by the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher (voiced by Ben Kingsley) from the above-ground world he never knew existed.
- Rachel West
Sir Ben Kingsley lends his extraordinary voice to the diabolical Archibald Snatcher in Laika’s breathtakingly beautiful 3D stop-motion animated adventure, The Boxtrolls, loosely based on Alan Snow’s best-selling children’s book Here Be Monsters! The mischievous, trash-collecting creatures known as Boxtrolls live beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge where they struggle to elude the evil Snatcher who claims they have stolen an orphan (Isaac Hempstead Wright). Snatcher is determined to exterminate them in exchange for admittance into the town’s elite White Hats. Opening September 26th, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Nick Frost and Tracy Morgan. At our roundtable interview, Kingsley revealed what convinced him to bring to life an animated villain, why he found Snatcher a great character to play, how the script rang true as a refreshing family film, his unique approach to voicing his character, how he found the recording experience very freeing, why »
- Sheila Roberts
The world’s biggest film festival for children and young people will include preview screenings of The Imitation Game and Disney doc Bears [pictured]; Q&A’s with Harry Potter’s David Yates, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter and Selfish Giant director Clio Bernard.
Into Film Festival (Nov 4-21), the world’s biggest such event for children and young people, is preparing to launch its 2014 edition with a raft of previews, filmmaker Q&As and workshops on how to break into the industry.
Formerly known as the National Youth Film Festival, the programme anticipates 300,000 attendees aged 5-19 - up from 200,000 last year - at screenings and events across the UK and is funded by Cinema First and supported by the BFI through National Lottery money.
The programme will roll out across more than 520 cinemas across all the major chains and in a range of venues across the UK. Autism friendly screenings and, for sensory-impaired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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The Unspeakable Has Happened
The Boxtrolls Cavern
Eggs’ Music Box
One Busy Night
Snatcher and His Stooges
To the Rescue »
- Movie Geeks
The folks at Laika have already done such an incredible job making the Boxtrolls feel like real, living, breathing creatures that it’s easy to forget that there’s actually human beings in a sound booth voicing them. Now, thanks to the brand new The Boxtrolls featurette, “Trolls Rights Off the Tongue,” you get to meet the men responsible for configuring the Boxtrolls’ language, Dee Baker and Steve Blum. On top of that, we’ve also got a new clip from the film featuring Winnie (voiced by Elle Fanning) trying to teach Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to dress like a proper boy with a little help from the Boxtrolls. Hit the jump to check out The Boxtrolls clip as well as that featurette. The movie also features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Jared Harris, and is due to hit theaters on September 26th. »
- Perri Nemiroff
“You never can quite understand what the Boxtrolls are talking about, but you certainly get the emotional intent of it all.” In Laika’s The Boxtrolls, an underground species of trash-collecting creatures communicate with a language all their own, and a new video looks into the creation of their communication, while a clip shows Elle Fanning’s Winnie ordering Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) out of his box.
“A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, »
- Derek Anderson
First up, go behind the scenes in this featurette to see how the talented voice actors at Laika gave the Boxtrolls a language of their own in the film. With their guttural grunts and groans, they may not sound smart, but tons of clever thinking went into creating the Boxtrolls’ unique speech.
Meet Winnie in a new clip from the film “Winnie Takes Charge”.
A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.
When the town’s villain, Archibald »
- Michelle McCue
There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque, between gaudy and repellent… and The Boxtrolls crosses it to plop into a strange land of unpleasant visual muck. But not before it has already demonstrated a woeful lack of giving a damn about creating appealing characters, a compelling fantasy world, or a story to care much about. So it’s all good in the ways it goes about being all bad.
In a vaguely late Victorian/Edwardian steampunkish town called Cheesebridge — “a Gouda place to live”; Gromit’s owner, the cheese-loving Wallace, would disagree — a human »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Boxtrolls is the latest film from Laika Studios and they look to be building on the great success of Coraline and Paranorman with this tale of rubbish-gathering creatures and their run-in with the dangers above ground.
Our final interview is with Game of Thrones Isaac Hempstead Wright who plays the orphan boy brought up by the titular rubbish-dwelling creatures. Wright plays a character named Eggs (which is what every self-respecting Boxtrollite should be called) and he talks about the weird and wonderful world created by Laika.
We saw the film in Venice and loved it –the film is released on the 12th of September and you can see our interviews with Elle Fanning, Sir Ben Kingsley and the directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi below.
- Jon Lyus
The Boxtrolls is the latest animation from Laika studios, whom you’ll know from the eerie coupling of Coraline and Paranorman. Centering itself on the town of Cheesebridge the titular trolls are rubbish gathering, underground dwelling creatures who have raised an orphan boy named Egg as one of their own. The film is based on ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow and is released on the 12th of September.
We reviewed the film from Venice and were thoroughly impressed with what we saw. The voice cast is nicely eclectic with Sir Ben Kingsley and Elle Fanning leading us through the trials and tribulations of the odd subterranean creatures and Egg on the run from the wonderfully (though somewhat destiny-fulfilling) named Archibald Snatcher.
- Jon Lyus
Fans hoping to see Bran Stark fly in the fifth series of Game of Thrones will have to wait because neither he nor companion Hodor will feature in the next 10 episodes of the HBO fantasy epic, according to Hollywood Life. Viewers last saw Bran and his friends visit the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven, but will be kept waiting to see what happens next.
In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Commission, Hodor actor Kristian Nairn dished the dirt on his one-word character and dropped the mother of all bombshells when he let slip that both he and Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays the crippled son of Ned Stark, will be absent from the fifth season. He said:
“We’re not actually in Season Five, by the way. We have a season off. We have a year’s hiatus.”
This will come as a massive blow to fans who were left salivating »
- Joseph Dempsey
It’s no secret that HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” team is moving faster that author George R. R. Martin. The showrunners are already planning for the day when their series catches up and surpasses Martin’s books, and in that event they’re going to have to write beyond what exists on the page. They have been conferring with the author already in case this becomes a reality, and already have some contingency plans in place. One of them? Delaying storylines so Martin can catch up. In an interview with the Australian press, Kristian Nairn —aka Hodor, Bran Stark’s gentle giant guardian— revealed that he and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) will not appear in the upcoming fifth season of “Game Of Thrones.” "We have a season off and we have a year's hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books," Nairn told Yahoo! »
- Edward Davis
Game Of Thrones Season 5
Nairn, who moonlights as a DJ, revealed the major plot news for the fifth season of Game of Thrones during his Rave of Thrones tour stop in Australia. “We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus,” he said, explaining, “Solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books.”
In the Game of Thrones TV series, Bran and Hodor’s storyline has been fastracked over the last four seasons. In the fourth season finale, Bran, Hodor, Meera and Jojen finally meet the Weirwood tree North of the Wall in which the three-eyed crow is believed to live. In the end, Jojen dies in a battle with the wights, but Bran goes »
[Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 4 ahead.]
Over the course of four seasons, HBO’s Game of Thrones has always worked with a large ensemble cast spanning the continent of Westeros and even across the Narrow Sea. The series has achieved success — and record-breaking viewership — by following multiple concurrent storylines revolving around a handful of characters including Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), as well as Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and his companion, Hodor (Kristian Nairn).
At the end of season 4, many of these characters embarked on new storylines that will lead into ...
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- Molly Freeman
Game of Thrones is losing another Stark — at least temporarily.
There are no current plans to include Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) in season 5 of the HBO fantasy hit. The rather stunning plot shakeup was first let out of the bag by Nairn during an interview. “We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books,” he said, then added regarding his DJing career: “So, I get my year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world. »
- James Hibberd
The oldest film festival in the world has premiered one of the newest types of filmmaking. The Boxtrolls is the latest stop-motion animation feature from Laika and what a breathtaking and highly entertaining film directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable have delivered.
Based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters, the story revolves an orphan boy apparently plucked from the human world as a baby and taken below ground by the Boxtrolls, fluorescent-eyed creatures whose outer skin or clothing are cardboard boxes and they go by the names of what their box contained: thus we have Fish, Knickers, Fragile and so on. The baby comes from Cheesebridge, presided over by Lord Portley-Rind (the silky-voiced Jared Harris, better known as Mad Men’s Lane Price), a dead ringer for Charles Dance whose only interest in life is cheese.
He and the other white-hatted leaders councillors hold meetings that are actually »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
They’re not cute, they’re not funny. They’re neither scary nor special nor even all that original. Ladies and gentlemen, they’re “The Boxtrolls,” and . Repeating a lot of the same beats from the studio’s first two stop-motion adventures, “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” — a pair of Gothic fantasies in which outcast kids play intermediary between superstitious humans and their supernatural neighbors — Laika’s disappointing latest represents a baffling misappropriation of talent. Hundreds of gifted artists have poured untold hours into bringing to life this relentlessly unappealing script, ever so loosely adapted from Alan Snow’s “Here Be Monsters” book series, yielding only modestly better B.O. prospects for the company, owing more to their reputation than anything this pic delivers.
In the tradition of so many other kidlit-to-cartoon adaptations, from “Shrek” to “How to Train Your Dragon,” the writers have taken only the thinnest sliver of inspiration from »
- Peter Debruge
Venice - If you liked "The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!," the "Wallace & Gromit" films, anything by Monty Python or just funny, witty movies in general, make sure you catch Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls." Based on the book "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow, I can't remember the last time I saw a family animation so visually rich, tightly scripted and charmingly performed which was also built on a sound and progressive message. It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like "Frozen," but I think it is as enjoyable. The set up has the magical feel of a traditional fairytale blended with the weirder sensibility of a revisionist fable along the lines of "Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes." In a city where fancy cheeses are prized by the upper classes as the epitome of fine living, the middle classes live in fear of The Boxtrolls, »
- Catherine Bray
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
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