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The next classic of animation is on the way, at least, I have my suspicions that The Boxtrolls is going to win people over, and become a favorite. From the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls is a stop-motion and CG hybrid about the town of Cheesebridge and the curious “trolls” that live underneath it. Wearing boxes, and with a certain affinity for cheese, the trolls are something of a town legend, but the strange assortment of monsters have raised a human boy since infancy, and worlds are about to collide.
This is one to get on your radar.
Check out the new Bts trailer above, as well as a teaser trailer and more info below, and let me know what you think about it. If nothing else, this one is going to be worth it for the voice cast.
Official Synopsis and Info
Theatrical Release: September 26, 2014
Starring: Ben Kingsley, »
- Marc Eastman
“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
The amazing people at Laika (Coraline and Paranorman) have debuted a second trailer for The Boxtrolls, and hoo-boy, is it ever Cute!
The stop motion animation is incredible. With all the fine detailing and so much artistry, I can’t wait for this stunning film!
The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (the 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, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, »
- Melissa Thompson
Those looking forward to the return of Laika Studios next year are in for a real treat, because not only has a new trailer debuted for The Boxtrolls, it’s introduced by none other than the filmmakers themselves.
The trailer, released by Focus via Apple, starts off by showing some behind-the-scenes footage of the painstaking work that goes into creating something at Laika, the team behind Coraline and ParaNorman.
The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Focus Features has released a new trailer for the upcoming stop-motion animated film The Boxtrolls. The story tells the tale of the titular trolls who live underneath the streets of Cheesebridge. Legend has it that the Boxtrolls steal the townspeople’s children and cheese, but the truth of the matter is that the monsters are raising an orphaned human boy named Eggs as one of their own. This trailer actually begins by showing how the folks at Laika Studios (the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman) craft their gorgeous films before giving a look at the characters in motion. Unsurprisingly the whole thing looks great, and I’m remain enthused about the forward-thinking teaser trailer that was released earlier this year. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Directed by Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) and Graham Annable, the film features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, »
- Adam Chitwood
For awhile there had been discussion and hopes of turning Neil Gaiman's comic Sandman into a series, with the author hoping it would end up at HBO. However, it sounds like some moves are being made to potentially bring the iconic comic book from the author of Coraline and American Gods to the big screen instead. Badass Digest has learned that Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy writer David Goyer just recently pitched a big screen version of Sandman to Warner Bros. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved in some capacity, though it's not clear if he'd take the lead or be involved just as a producer or something. Since Gordon-Levitt recently made his directorial debut, there's a chance he could direct, but we agree with Badass that it's more likely that Gordon-Levitt would star in the film. For those who don't know, the comic series follows a character named Morpheus, »
- Ethan Anderton
The eleventh and final instalment in a sensational series of stories celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is written by Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book and Coraline. To celebrate Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary on 23rd November 2013, Puffin and BBC Worldwide
- Christian Cawley
Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas) is known for his dark, yet playful animated features which depict gothic themes in a friendly and satirical form. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Selick is taking a break from the animated world, to create the live-action film A Tale Dark & Grimm.
While not animated, the film seems to be very much of the same style, based on Adam Gidwitz's novel of the same name. The story features two youths who stray from their own fairytale, only to find themselves lost in several others, heavily drawing upon by the classic tales from the brothers Grimm, hence the title. Here's the official synopsis from the first novel of the series, which the film will presumably be based on:
Based on a children’s book trilogy written by Adam Gidwitz, the story follows two siblings as they manage to escape their own fairytale…only to land in several others. Here’s the official synopsis for the trilogy:
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.
This sounds amazing! I’m already a huge fan of »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
"Coraline" director Henry Selick is set to helm a live-action version of "A Tale Dark and Grimm," based on the book by Adam Gidwitz, where Hansel and Gretel escape their own ominous fairy tale only to be met with eight successive fairytales to navigate, all dark and fearsome. In the book, an irreverent narrator takes the reader through each of the siblings' travails. John W. Mann and Jon Gunn penned the adaptation, with contributions from Selick. Selick, who was Oscar nominated for "Coraline," told Variety in a statement that the project is "a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents." His other directing credits include "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "James and the Giant Peach." Last year, Disney took a $50 million write-off for Selick's then in-the-works stop motion feature, at one point titled "ShadeMaker," reportedly because it »
- Beth Hanna
The director of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, Henry Selick, is set to direct a new live-action film called A Tale Dark and Grimm. The movie is based on a book by Adam Gidwitz, which follows two children who run away from their own dark fairy tale in search of a better life only to find themselves amidst eight other fearsome tales.
It the kind of dark children's tale that is perfect for Selick's storytelling style, and this is what he had to say in a statement,
“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm,' It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it. »
- Joey Paur
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Selick, 60, has signed on to direct A Tale Dark and Grimm, which will be a live-action adaptation of the popular children's novel by author Adam Gidwitz.
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Currently, Selick is working on the post-production for his latest animated film, The Shadow King. »
Henry Selick will direct A Tale Dark & Grimm.
The film will be based on the retellings of the most dark and disturbing of the Grimm Fairy Tales.
"I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz's marvellous book A Tale Dark & Grimm," said Selick.
"It's a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairy tales and what it takes to forgive one's parents."
He entered a four-film deal with Disney and Pixar in 2010, but the contract was terminated before the first movie was completed.
Selick has most recently been working on The Shadow King, which was originally intended to be one of his Disney films. »
News Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:09
The brilliant Henry Selick is to take on A Tale Dark & Grimm...
Henry Selick is one of the planet's most underappreciated movie directors. Given that he's directed Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, the wonderful James And The Giant Peach and the flat-out brilliant Coraline, you'd think that news of a new project of his would be reason to bring out the marching band. But sadly, news that he's taking on Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark & Grimm appears to have been met with not too much noise. Thus, we intend to make some.
Selick actually has two films on the go at the moment now. The first is The Shadow King, a stop motion project that was in development at Disney, but has now been picked up by K5 International. Selick has written the script for this one too, a story of a »
Henry Selick is primarily known for his work in the field of stop-motion animation, having previously directed features like Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but now, for the first time since 2001's Monkeybone, the filmmaker is ready to dive back into the world of live-action. According to Screen Daily, Selick is now attached to direct A Tale Dark & Grimm, a new feature based on the book by author Adam Gidwitz and illustrator Hugh D'Andrade. A twist on some the most beloved classic fairy tales, the book follows Hansel and Gretel as their go from their own Grimm tale to eight others. Along the way they must face off against witches, dragons and demons, and in doing so learn the real truth behind the myths. Selick has co-written the screenplay with writers John W Mann and Jon Gunn. Said the director in a statement, "I »
Some pretty nifty news has come in regarding who will be helming the upcoming adaptation of the Adam Gidwitz book A Tale Dark & Grimm for Kamala Pictures and FilmNation. Variety is reporting that Coraline director Henry Selick is now on board.
“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm,’” Selick said in a statement. “It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it.”
Gidwtiz's original frightening and witty story -- inspired by the Brothers Grimm -- follows the adventures of two unsuspecting children who hold the key to breaking out of the Dark Ages. »
- Uncle Creepy
Last year was a rough time for acclaimed stop-motion animation director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), who dropped out from directing a 3D stop-motion treatment of Coraline author Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel The Graveyard Book – now being envisioned as a live-action adaptation with Ron Howard potentially at the helm – and was thereafter unable to gain funding for his original stop-motion project The Shadow King (originally, ShadeMaker), even from the lauded animation studio, Laika (ParaNorman).
K5 International stepped in to provide financing for Shadow King earlier this year, so the tedious (yet, ultimately-rewarding) stop-motion photography process on the film has been ongoing since then. Nonetheless, ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Director Henry Selick is well known for directing the gorgeous stop-motion animated hits The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, but now he's heading into live-action feature film territory. THR has word that Selick will be at the helm of A Tale Dark & Grimm, based on Adam Gidwitz's children's novel of the same name. The book, which is the first in a series of three, follows two siblings as they run away from their own dark fairytale and hope to find happiness again. However, their escape inadvertently leads them into eight other terrible fairytales, all inspired by Grimm's classic stories. This just sounds perfect for Selick. Here's the official synopsis for the first book: Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. »
- Ethan Anderton
The stories from our childhoods we remember best, and often times most fondly, tend to be the ones that managed to leave a scar on our psyches. They were the ones we were probably too young to hear at the time, the ones that included some form of gruesomeness that probably shouldn’t have been included in a story for children at all. That’s why all of those disturbingly violent Brothers Grimm fairytales have been repeatedly retold down through the ages, and it’s why people are so fond of Henry Selick’s often dark, sometimes creepy stop-animated movies The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. There’s just something magical that happens when you mix fairy tale storytelling with the macabre. All of this is why the latest news regarding Selick’s career is super good news for people who like to make their kids cry. The Wrap has a report saying that the director has »
- Nathan Adams
The story of director Henry Selick is somewhat of a sad one. The most popular film he ever directed was...The Nightmare Before Christmas,which most people tend to assume was the sole effort of Hot Topic god Tim Burton. He mostly stayed under the radar until Coraline, a project that did so well commercially and critically that Selick was contracted to make a whole series of stop motions animated films. Then it all fell apart leaving him without anything to do. Luckily, he does have one live action project in the works. »
- David Hoffman
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