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The Boxtrolls (2014)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  26 September 2014 (USA)
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A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Trout (voice)
Mr. Pickles (voice)
Fish / Wheels / Bucket (voice)
Shoe / Sparky (voice)
Oil Can / Knickers (voice)
Mr. Gristle (voice)
Fragile / Sweets (voice)
Clocks / Specs (voice)
Max Mitchell ...
Baby Eggs (voice)
Eggs (voice)
Sir Langsdale (voice)
Sir Broderick / Male Workman 1 / Male Workman 2 (voice)


THE BOXTROLLS are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow. Written by DeAlan Wilson - www.ComedyE.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Heroes come in all shapes and sizes...even rectangles.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Here Be Monsters  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,275,239 (USA) (26 September 2014)


$50,807,639 (USA) (23 January 2015)

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Did You Know?


Tracy Morgan based his performance of Mr. Gristle on famous Afro-British comedian Lenny Henry. See more »


When the teddy bear's music box runs down, Baby Eggs hands the mechanism to Fish who gives the key only two half-turns. The music box then plays again, with its key somehow able to unwind for many revolutions. Later on after the Boxtrolls wake up, this impossibility is repeated, but is even worse since now the key winds/unwinds in the opposite direction. See more »


Eggs: Don't do it. You won't change who you are. Cheese, Hats, Boxes. They don't make you. "You" make you.
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Crazy Credits

After the first part of the credits, Mr. Trout and Mr. Pickles have a philosophical discussion about their place in the world while, around them, that world carries on. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Boxtrolls/The Equalizer (2014) See more »


Quattro Sabatinos
Music and lyrics by Dario Marianelli
Performed by Peter Harris, Alex Tsilogiannis, Thomas Kennedy and Edmund Saddington
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Dark and visually perfect, with some lighthearted fun. Brilliant.
16 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This mix of stop-motion and CGI brings a fun, charming tale that appeals to all ages.

Set in the town of Cheesebridge (it's motto - a gouda place to live), the 'minion'-like creatures called boxtrolls have for years terrorised the habitants and are hunted by childcatcher-esque exterminator 'Archibald Snatcher', voiced by Sir Ben Kingsley, who has been promised a place in the town council if he's destroys every last one. The story is enjoyable, heartwarming and is really brought alive by the stop motion animation and topped by a plethora of famous British voices.

The themes are a little darker than explored in a lot of younger-aimed films, and there is a sense of adventure and danger that you don't see in the majority of animations. But this doesn't mean that it isn't entertaining. Those who are fond of the Despicable Me's minions, will love the Boxtrolls' actions and personalities, resulting in many lighthearted moments too.

For those that have seen creator Laika's other works - Coraline and Paranorman - you will enjoy this very much. They don't have as much of a fan base as the biggest stop motion Aardman - the visionaries behind Wallace & Gromit, but their quirkier, darker animations can appeal to a larger range of audiences. Here, with their third film, they have made really enjoyable film, entertaining from beginning to end. Be sure to stay at the end for a little credit sting showing how it was made.

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