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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, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.
- Michelle McCue
Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel 'Here Be Monsters.' 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, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle »
- Pietro Filipponi
Trailer Simon Brew 6 Mar 2014 - 07:14
The animated film to beat in 2014? Quite possibly. Here's the new trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls...
We've said it before and we suspect we might just say it again: we're rather sizeable fans of Laika. That's the firm behind ParaNorman, and the quite brilliant animated movie of Neil Gaiman's Coraline. And later this year, Laika will unveiling its next feature: The Boxtrolls.
Heading into cinemas in September, the movie utilises stop motion techniques, and retains the hand-crafted style that has been embedded through Laika's movies to date. Based on the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, this new trailer keeps plot to a minimum, and instead invites you to spend a bit of time with the Boxtrolls themselves, in their home beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.
The Boxtrolls is released in cinemas in September. Here's the trailer...
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I’ve been a huge fan of Laika ever since their deliciously creepy, impeccably animated debut Coraline, and follow-up ParaNorman only made me more enthused about the small stop-motion animation company. In fact, it’s no understatement to say that their third outing, this fall’s The Boxtrolls, is one of my most anticipated movies of the year.
A new trailer for the film, which serves as more of an introduction to its fantastical setting and characters than anything else, just hit the web today and you can check it out right here, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. Focus Features has been teasing the film since last July, but this new trailer is certainly our most extensive look at The Boxtrolls yet.
Watch out, Minions, you’re no longer the most adorable little creatures in animation. That’d be the titular Boxtrolls, who live below the Victorian-era town of Cheesebridge and »
- Isaac Feldberg
“The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcoming The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The It Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, »
- Jonathan James
Focus Features’ “The Boxtrolls” looks fantastic, and thanks to a CeeLo Green track in the newest trailer, it sounds great, too. The third preview (above) for the upcoming stop-motion animated film is set to the beat of Green's ”(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care,” a song originally performed by Elvis Presley and then Buddy Holly. Also read: Focus Features Finalizes Executive Team Following Restructuring “Boxtrolls” comes from Laika, the makers of 2010 Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee “Coraline” and 2013 Oscar nominee “ParaNorman.” Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi co-directed from a script based on on the children's novel “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow. »
- Greg Gilman
In recent years, animation studio Laika has gained a reputation for the technical wizardry and narrative care put into features such as Coraline and ParaNorman. In the run-up to their latest movie offering, The Boxtrolls, Laika has also become known for unusual previews – well-embodied by the film’s newest trailer.
Whereas previous trailers/featurettes mused on the fluid nature of family or showed off the sheer amount of work and VFX know-how going into The Boxtrolls, this preview finally gives audiences a hint of the movie’s plot. Nonetheless, the trailer is still nonstandard due to its complete lack of dialogue, leaving the context of the fun, frenetic imagery up to our imagination.
Directed by Graham Annable (ParaNorman) and Anthony Stacchi (Open Season), The Boxtrolls makes use of the voice talents of Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Elle Fanning (Click to continue reading New ‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer: A Romp Among »
- Kyle Hembree
So, how chuffed is Focus Features feeling about Laika's upcoming stop-motion animated "The Boxtrolls"? They've been teasing this thing since last July, even though the movie isn't coming out until this fall, and even despite there being a lack of official stills yet, another trailer has dropped to stoke the flames of curiosity. Here's what you need to know: this one is from the folks behind “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” it's co-directed by Graham Annable (the story artist on both those movies) along with Anthony Stacchi (“Open Season”), and the A-list talent — Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Ben Kingsley — can't be beat. As for the story, it's based on the best-selling illustrated novel “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow, and is set in the Victorian-era town of Cheesebridge, where fearsome trolls live beneath the city »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With no Pixar feature on the calendar for 2014, animation junkies are going to have to look elsewhere for their fix. We suggest starting with The Boxtrolls. Co-directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the film shared its third clip, this one spotlighting the music of Cee-Lo Green. Sing along, courtesy of Yahoo Movies. Hip And "square!" We.re interested because The Boxtrolls comes to us from Laika, the animation house behind such creative efforts as Coraline and ParaNorman. And it is based on the novel Here Be Monsters!, by author Alan Snow. Using a beautiful blend of 3D and stop-motion, the movie will attempt to tell the story of an orphaned boy who is raised by "underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called the Boxtrolls." The cast is exquisiote, borrowing the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan. »
About seven months ago HBO was planning a full six season adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Things apparently didn't work out between the two parties because the project is no longer set up at HBO, which is a bloody shame.
The series is now being developed by FremantleMedia, who produce the shows The Tomorrow People and the upcoming The Returned. This is the press release that the production company sent out making the announcement, along with some details on what the series will be about.
Gaiman, the creator of the celebrated Sandman comic series, and the author of bestselling novels The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, will Executive Produce the series along with FremantleMedia. Gaiman was represented in the deal by Jon Levin at CAA on behalf of literary agent Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.
The plot posits a war »
- Joey Paur
As you may or may not be aware, we at SciFi Mafia are somewhat hesitant to post news about shows in development, or even picked up to pilot. That’s because we are wary of heartbreak. So many pilots never make it to series, and an even smaller percentage of series in development make it any further.
Nevertheless, there are times when we just gotta tell you. This is one of them, confirmed by the man himself: FreemantleMedia North America (The Tomorrow People, The Returned) has picked up the rights to develop our beloved Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods novel to series.
A few people have asked for more background on this: HBO had an option on American Gods for several years. »
- Erin Willard
In an extremely exciting piece of news for Neil Gaiman fans, it was announced yesterday that FremantleMedia have picked up the rights to American Gods. While the project had initially been in development at HBO (the cable network responsible for the likes of Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones), it changed hands late last year.
FremantleMedia are perhaps best known for reality television such as Amercian Idol, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent, although they have recently made a move into scripted shows with the likes of the planned The Vampire Diaries spinoff and The Tomorrow People on The CW.
The press release can be read in full below, and it offers up a plot synopsis which should help give you an idea what to expect from the series if you’ve never read the book. Where exactly it will now end up – and when it will air – remains to be seen, »
- Josh Wilding
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