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Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls. Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Sir Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley). For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film. At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable. They talked about the technical challenges making The Boxtrolls, how the crew from Paranorman and Coraline never disbanded, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chicago – Monty Python, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Mr. Bean, Alan Partridge – all are examples of British comedy, that off-kilter “are you in on the joke?” point of view. That comic tone has arrived in an animated film, within the stop motion world of “The Boxtrolls.”
From the same studio that brought the twisted entertainments of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” – Laika Entertainment – “The Boxtrolls” continue their comic tradition of subtle jabs and visual humor. Full of scenic invention, it paints their characters in the film with traits that are neither good nor bad, they just have a weird sense of a different mentality. The story also celebrates the notion of being yourself, despite any background circumstances, and staying away from greed and false terror and idolatry. Take that, “Frozen”!
Based on the British storybook, “Here Be Monsters!” the story centers on a boy named Eggs (voice of Isaac Hemstead-Wright »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Focus Features, which releases animation studio Laika’s family event movie The Boxtrolls nationwide this Friday, September 26th, has through Universal Studios Partnerships packed in a number of promotional partnership tie-ins generating millions of impressions on consumers and moviegoers.
The latest ones are with Great Day Farms, promoted on egg cartons (referencing the movie’s lead boy character of Eggs) and offering a sweepstakes Grand Prize of a hometown screening; with Sun-Maid Raisins, featuring sticker sheets inside 12-count bags of Mini Snacks boxes (which are made of cardboard – a favorite building block and/or clothing choice of the lovable Boxtrolls themselves) and promoting a sweepstakes to win movie tickets; with Carl’s Jr. and participating Hardee’s, providing four different movie-themed activity toys in the Cool Kids Combos® Meal Program; with Langer’s Juice, promoted on juice bottles and giving away free movie-themed T-shirts; and with Time Warner Cable, showcasing »
- Michelle McCue
I am always eager to see the latest Laika release. Output is slow from the animation studio due to the time-consuming and meticulous nature of its handmade stop-motion films, but bottling magic is no easy task. There is an ineffable tone in the studio's films -- perhaps because of its complete attention to details, perhaps because of some way natural lighting works compared to digital renderings -- that instills a sense of realism.
With The Boxtrolls, Laika takes on steampunk, creating a Victorian-looking village populated by hundreds of unique, charming (and some not so very) characters. Based on the children's book by Alan Snow, Here Be Monsters, directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi bring to life Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright, aka Bran Stark from Game of Thrones) and Winnie (Elle Fanning) as they fight to save their misunderstood friends from the evil designs of wily exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley »
- Mike Saulters
The latest animated feature from Laika, the Portland-based studio that delivered Coraline and ParaNorman, is a surprisingly idiosyncratic blend of children’s adventure and political satire. Based on Alan Snow’s novel, Here Be Monsters, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable’s The Boxtrolls is set in the steampunk-inspired British town of Cheesebridge, a ruthlessly classist society where, you guessed it, cheese is the unifying luxury good. The boxtrolls — little creatures who live in cardboard boxes — are the literal lower class. (They live underground.) The story kicks into gear as a human boy, Eggs, raised by the boxtrolls ventures above ground, meets […] »
- Scott Macaulay
So far this year we’ve seen the return of valiant Dusty Crophopper, lovebirds Blu and Jewel, and Hiccup (and best pal Toothless) in their respective animated sequels Planes: Fire & Rescue, Rio 2, and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Now it’s time for another animated return, but not of a character: it’s the return of a style of animation. Those previous films were all done the way most features are produced this days, via computers aka CGI. This new feature harkens back to process nearly as old as film itself. This new feature uses stop-motion animation, the movement of tiny figures (often made with clay, rubber, or wood) one frame at a time to simulate movement. Perhaps best known for bringing dinosaurs and other big beasties to life thanks to effect pioneers Willis O”Brien and Ray Harryhausen, it was later used for television specials (the perennial »
- Jim Batts
Chicago – How do you interpret an odd British storybook called “Here Be Monsters!” into a mainstream animated film? By taking the main characters – called ‘The Boxtrolls’ – and putting them up front. Animation veterans and co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi got the assignment, and deliver the goods.
Both creators have been around the animation block, but this is Annable’s first major animation directorial effort. He cut his teeth as a comic book artist and video game director, and was a story artist on the recent “ParaNorman.” Stacchi was previously a co-director on “Open Season” (2006), and started his animation career as a story artist on the classic “Antz” (1998). He also worked on visual effects for the classics “Back to the Future” (1985), “Ghost” (1990) and “Hook” (1991). The animation of ‘The Boxtrolls’ was produced by Laika Entertainment, who also produced the stop motion films “Coraline’” and the aforementioned “ParaNorman.”
Characters Looks in ‘The Boxtrolls, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi Written by: Irena Brignull and Adam Pava Main Cast: Voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, and more… Past Oscar relations: The studio has previously seen Coraline, Corpse Bride, and ParaNorman nominated for Best Animated Feature Today we have another article in this ongoing series of mine concerning certain 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of actual Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is the stop motion animated adventure The Boxtrolls, which hopes to be the latest bit of animation to appeal to the Academy. Can it actually do it in a year without Pixar? Let’s discuss that possibility a little bit below now… This animated film is an adaptation of the novel “Here Be Monsters!” by Alan Snow and is directed by the »
- Joey Magidson
Stop-motion animation is a dying art of cinema. Fortunately, the good folks at Laika have been keeping the artistry alive for years. The Boxtrolls is their latest selection to come to theaters, but the process started with Coraline in 2009 and then ParaNorman in 2012. While these movies have not been a mega-money-makers that we see with the Pixar and DreamWorks films, Laika’s films have made enough money to justify making more of the movies, and that’s a great thing for cinema. Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman’s visionary book, started the Laika ball rolling, and at the helm was The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. For the 2009 Blu-ray and DVD release of the film, Selick sat down to talk over the film and give some personal insight. Composer Bruno Coulais is also listed as one of the commentators, and he does show up over the final credits to talk about the music, but »
- Kevin Carr
Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based stop motion animation studio, has never had an out-of-the-box commercial smash. Their first two films, Henry Selick's "Coraline" and the delicate "ParaNorman," were critically adored, but neither opened above the number three slot on their debut weekends (both went on to earn over $100 million worldwide). Maybe it was the wickedly dark, supernatural subject matter, or the fact that the animation style, a combination of the cutting edge and creaky, is out of fashion, with audiences still preferring the shiny blandness of CGI. Their third feature "The Boxtrolls" feels like the studio's surest bid towards mainstream acceptance, which is weird considering it's also the studio's most confrontationally strange. And we mean that in a good way. "The Boxtrolls" is ostensibly based on a small sliver of Alan Snow's loopy children's book "Here Be Monsters," and concerns the titular characters who leave their »
- Drew Taylor
This Friday, Laika, the studio that brought us Coraline and Paranorman, is ready to introduce their latest animated adventure, The Boxtrolls. Featuring the voice talents of Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is based on the book "Here Be Monsters!" by Alan Snow. »
Travis Knight, The Boxtrolls producer and lead animator who worked on Laika’s first two groundbreaking movies, ParaNorman and Coraline, loves the 100-year-old art form and is always looking for bold and innovative ways to take it to places it’s never been before. While ParaNorman and Coraline were contemporary American stories told with shadings of supernatural elements, The Boxtrolls is a period piece mashup of detective story, absurdist comedy, and steampunk adventure with a dark Dickensian twist. Opening September 26th, the beautiful stop-motion 3D animated film features an extraordinary cast that includes Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Elle Fanning. At our roundtable interview, Knight discussed how animating in stop-motion is less about patience than the ability to focus your imagination intensely for long periods of time, why it’s crucial to find the right voiceover actors who can bring believability to the characters and emotional authenticity to the performance, »
- Sheila Roberts
So I was preparing to do my stand-ups for .The Boxtrolls. when lo and behold, Fish, scared the bejeesus out of me! And I laughed out loud!
Offiical .The Boxtrolls. Synopsis:
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. Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable. (C) Focus
. Isaac Hempstead-Wright »
So, um, what exactly are those boxed-up little creatures and why are they at the centre of Laika Entertainment’s latest feature, The Boxtrolls? Cineplex visited the Hillsboro, Oregon, headquarters of the ground-breaking studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman to talk to the big brains behind those little boxes. Plus watch our two-part on-set visit below!
What’s it About?
Travis Knight, Laika’s President, CEO and Lead Animator
“The Boxtrolls is a story that explores this wide-eyed orphan boy who was raised from infancy underground in this strange community of Boxtrolls, this community of tinkerers, they’re these — what were called monsters by the aboveground community, and they wear cardboard boxes on their bodies, sort of like a hermit crab would wear its shell. They get their names from whatever label is emblazoned on the front, with things like Fish and Shoe and Knickers and Oilcan.
“They’re a lovable, »
- Tiffany Wong
It was bugs, balloons and barrels of fun at Focus Features’ pre-premiere party for Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” Sunday morning at Universal Studios Hollywood. One intriguing treat was a truck offering guests a chance to “Eat Like a Boxtroll,” with an assortment of crunchy critters on display, including such delicacies as Superworm Quesadillas, Chocolate Dipped Chappulines and Grasshopper Kabobs. No word on how many tried these snacks. Meanwhile, studio execs, creatives, cast and guests got a chance to mingle and munch on other goodies as they played a variety of “Boxtroll” inspired games prior to strolling the red carpet for the screening.
Ben Kingsley, who plays a villainous exterminator in the film, was fascinated by the process of voicing an animated character, which is quite the solitary endeavor. “It’s a very extraordinary discipline. You can only use your voice,” he said. “There’s no point in using any body »
- Terry Flores
On Thursday night, the Variety Screening Series kicked off in Hollywood with “The Boxtrolls,” the latest offering from stop-motion animation company Laika.
For the Portland, Ore. based animation studio, which also produced “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” the inspiration for the 3D film about underground trolls raising an orphan was the book “Here Be Monsters!” by Alan Snow.
“The pace of stop-motion is ridiculous. It’s glacial,” said Laika CEO Travis Knight. A good day in the office for an animator would be to complete 48 frames, or two seconds of film, according to the Laika chief, who was on hand for a post-screening Q&A along with directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.
Using puppets ranging from 9 inches to 5 feet tall, the film’s shoot was “like 18 months of opening nights,” Annable said, explaining that there was no rehearsal period.
“Essentially we make the film before we make the film,” Stacchi said. »
- Nikara Johns
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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
Universal’s animated film about trash-collecting monsters, The Boxtrolls, has surged to the top of the U.K. box office, bringing in $3.3 million in its opening weekend in Britain. According to figures from Rentrak released Tuesday, the 3D stop-motion film, directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi and produced by ParaNorman and Coraline studio Laika, dominated the weekend, beating Lucy, which came in second, by more than $1.9 million. Now in its fourth week, Lucy garnered $1.3 million to bring its U.K. total to $19.5 million. Another new entry, 20th Century Fox’s all-
- Alex Ritman
4th Update, Monday, 2:43 Pm Pt: Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It’s just not clear. Although Warner Bros reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M. Warners is sticking by its $7.7M number (which includes previews). So, to be fair to both parties, it’s really too close to call.
Final grosses are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy and other films including The Maze Runner (which bows in the states next weekend), The Boxtrolls (which won’t bow until September 26 in the U.S.), Dolphin Tale 2, Lucy, Finding Fanny (which »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling, and sure to be an Oscar contender for best animated feature. Laika previously helmed Oscar nominated animated films "Coraline" and "ParaNorman." Focus takes "The Boxtrolls" wide on September 26. It is directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, and stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan. Here's what critics are saying so far. The movie just opened in the UK, and the Brits are more in favor: The Guardian: "The visuals are dazzling, the voices expressive, and the end-credits sequence offers a laugh-out-loud appraisal of the madness of the animators’ labour-intensive craft." Time Out: "It’s no surprise that this digitally animated adventure from the producers of Edward Gorey-esque kids’ fairytales ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ is an ooky, »
- Bill Desowitz
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