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Variety Screening Series Kicks Off With ‘The Boxtrolls’

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

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Giveaway – Win The Boxtrolls Soundtrack From Academy Award-Winning Composer Dario Marianelli

16 September 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wamg is giving away copies of The Boxtrolls official soundtrack from Academy Award®-Winning Composer Dario Marianelli ahead of its and the highly anticipated family film’s release.

The Soundtrack is comprised of beautiful waltzes, barbershop quartets and Original Songs By Eric Idle, Dario Marianelli and Loch Lomond.

Back Lot Music has announced that they will release The Boxtrolls – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD September 23rd. The album is available for pre-order beginning Today

Pre-Order Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/boxtrolls-original-motion/id915660436

Tracklisting:

The Unspeakable Has Happened

The Scavengers

The Boxtrolls Cavern

Eggs’ Music Box

Quattro Sabatino – Dario Marianelli feat. Peter Harris, Alex Tsilogiannis, Thomas Kennedy, Edmund Saddington Peter Harris, Alex Tsilogiannis, Thomas Kennedy, Edmund Saddington

One Busy Night

Rooftop Chase

Broken Eggs

Cheesebridge Funfair

The Boxtrolls Song – Mark Orton and Loch Lomond (written by Eric Idle)

Snatcher and His Stooges

Allergic

To the Rescue »

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'Boxtrolls' Beats 'Lucy,' 'Sex Tape' at U.K. Box Office

16 September 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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-

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Intl Box Office Final: No. 1 Bragging Rights In China Too Close To Call As ‘Storm,’ ‘Expendables 3′ And ‘Apes’ Fight It Out

15 September 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 »

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3D Stop-Motion 'The Boxtrolls' Joins Animated Oscar Contenders

15 September 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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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Watch Two New Videos for The Boxtrolls

12 September 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“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, »

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Take A Trip With The Boxtrolls In New Featurette

12 September 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

With just 2 weeks until The Boxtrolls hits theaters, Focus Features has 2 new chances for you to get the know Winnie, Eggs and the whole crew.

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 »

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Movie Review – The Boxtrolls (2014)

12 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Boxtrolls, 2014.

Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.

Starring Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Richard Ayoade and Dee Bradley Baker.

Synopsis:

Boxtrolls, and human-box-boy ‘Eggs’ need to stop the evil Archibald Snatcher from kidnapping their kind before it’s too late…

Despicable Me has a lot to answer for. Not only has it spawned a sequel, with a “”spin-off” later this year in Minions, but it has manufactured the specific creature that little kids will die imitating (perhaps loudly shouting “bottom”, as you walk through the supermarket). But The Boxtrolls, looking like an uglier, gothic cousin to the minions, is nothing to apologise for. Looking like Aardman animation meets Abe’s Odyssey, The Boxtrolls contains much more than empty crates and annoying little creatures. More creative and considerably more profound, The Boxtrolls is much more than a Despicable Me imitator. »

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The Boxtrolls movie review: avert your eyes

11 September 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

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 »

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The Boxtrolls review: Eccentric mix of Python, Dahl and Tim Burton

11 September 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi; Screenwriters: Irena Brignull, Adam Pava; Starring: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: PG

After the success of Frozen and The Lego Movie, it's perhaps understandable to have high expectations for upcoming animated fare. Just because a film is made with younger viewers in mind doesn't give those behind it an excuse to phone it in. Recently, the likes of Postman Pat: The Movie and The Nut Job will have tested the patience of mums and dads dragged along to the multiplex, but there's no such problem with Laika's latest offering The Boxtrolls.

The studio has cleverly forged its own path separate from Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, bringing dark and spooky edges to their stop-motion work. Boxtrolls is an extension of the tone and style of its predecessors Coraline and ParaNorman, charting the journey of an orphaned boy, »

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HeyUGuys Interviews: Isaac Hempstead Wright on The Boxtrolls

11 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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.

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The 10 Most Amazing Things About Laika, the Studio Behind 'The Boxtrolls'

10 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A few weeks ago, we were whisked away to the magical land of Portland, Oregon, for the sole purpose of visiting Laika, the animation studio whose dazzling new stop motion confection "The Boxtrolls," opens later this month. As you can imagine, it was downright magical and while we were there, for a few short hours, we tried to soak up all we could from the place - the sets, the people, the vibe - so we relay that special feeling to you. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime treat, to the point that we had to actively wonder if we had come down with some incurable disease and they were whisking us there as a dying wish.

While we tried to cram as many anecdotes and notes as we could into our trip, but we were also working (see our adorable interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who voices Eggs, a small child »

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HeyUGuys Interviews: Directing The Boxtrolls with Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi

10 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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.

Today’s interviews sees Ezequiel Gutierrez sitting down with directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi to talk about the creation of Cheesebridge and the adaptation of Alan Snow’s celebrated Here Be Monsters.

We saw the film in Venice and loved it – the 12th of September is when we get to join in on the fun.

 

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The Boxtrolls review

9 September 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The makers of Coraline and ParaNorman return with The Boxtrolls. Here's Simon's review of an exquisitely animated film...

Laika is a studio that gets richly-deserved attention for its continued embrace of stop motion animation techniques in big movies. But as The Boxtrolls proves, it deserves credit for something else too: for steadfastly refusing to knock the edges of its films to pander to a family audience.

Thus, The Boxtrolls adopts a tone that doesn't land too far away from Laika's previous pictures, Coraline and ParaNorman. Based on Alan Snow's book Here Be Monsters! (although distilling just a small part of it), the film takes place in the land of Cheesebridge, a macabre looking place with the kind of imposing, shadowy buildings that stop motion seems to get across so wonderfully. It's a place of two worlds, though. Above ground, there are the ruling white hats, who get to enjoy the best cheese, »

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Coraline and the value of scary family films

9 September 2014 1:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Laika prepares to release The Boxtrolls, we look back at its earlier stop-motion masterpiece, the horror-tinged Coraline...

When it comes to the “behind the sofa” entertainment of their youth, older readers will have plenty to talk about, from the Child Catcher to the Daleks. For kids, the splashes of horror in otherwise family friendly films are what teach them how not to be scared. In recent years, we've seen an even greater resurgence of the horror genre in animated movies.

Features like Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania evoked the tropes of classic horror to either pastiche or parody expectations, but we'd go so far as to say that Laika has been stridently leading the charge for horror movies aimed explicitly at a family audience. The Boxtrolls is the third stop-motion feature from the studio, following 2012's zombie movie ParaNorman and 2009's Coraline, which is probably the scariest family film of this century. »

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HeyUGuys Interviews: Sir Ben Kingsley on the magic of The Boxtrolls

8 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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.

We talk to Mr. Snatcher himself, SirBenK below, and over the week we’ll have interviews with Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead Wright and writer/directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi. »

- Jon Lyus

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Will we see Neil Gaiman's 'Hansel & Gretel' on the big screen?

5 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) - Even as a "Sandman" movie takes its first steps at Warner Bros. and "American Gods" moves from HBO to Starz, an adaptation of another Neil Gaiman book is heading into development. Variety reports that Juliet Blake, who partnered with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to produce "The Hundred-Foot Journey," has acquired the film rights to "Hansel & Gretel," the forthcoming reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale by Gaiman and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti. "For me, retelling 'Hansel and Gretel' was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now," Gaiman said in a statement. "It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families." "Hansel & Gretel" will be published Oct. 28 by Toon Books. Gaiman’s earlier works "Coraline" and "Stardust" have already been adapted for the big screen. Like the latter, »

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Movie coming of Neil Gaiman's Hansel & Gretel

4 September 2014 11:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Neil Gaiman's take on Hansel & Gretel is said to be made into a film...

Another piece of Neil Gaiman writing is to be adapted for the big screen, as it's been revealed overnight that the film rights have been picked up for his incoming graphic novel of Hansel & Gretel.

Juliet Blake, who produced The Hundred-Foot Journey, is the one who's picked said rights up, through her Four Chickens For A Fiver company (great name). It follows earlier Gaiman works, Coraline and Stardust, to the movies. Sandman is on its way too, and American Gods is heading to television.

Gaiman's graphic novel (based on the Grimms' fairy tale) is released in October, and it sounds as if he's quite involved in the movie adaptation as well. Look forward to seeing this one - both graphic novel and film...

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Neil Gaiman's Graphic Novel 'Hansel & Gretel' Getting Film Adaptation

4 September 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Juliet Blake, producer of The Hundred-Foot Journey, is bringing Neil Gaiman's graphic novel Hansel & Gretel to the big screen. As the title suggests, the graphic novel is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Perhaps the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters didn't leave you with much appetite for this fairy tale, but something tells us that this adaptation will be a lot different. After all, Gaiman is the author of works like Coraline and Stardust, which have successful adaptions.

Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti and to be released in October, Hansel & Gretel follows the story of a brother and sister who discover a candy house that's actually a trap for kids set up by a wicked witch. The adaptation will be live-action.

Gaiman said in a press release that "retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, »

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Hansel and Gretel graphic novel is being developed into a live-action movie

4 September 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Neil Gaiman’s (StardustCoraline) graphic novel version of the Hansel & Gretel story isn’t available until October 28 but already has a movie in the works. Producer Juliet Blake (The Hundred-foot Journey) acquired the rights to “Hansel and Gretel”, authored by Gaiman and illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti. Currently the plan is to make a live-action movie; Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are teaming up to develop the »

- Graham McMorrow

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