7 items from 2015
Stars: Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Nika Futterman, Maurice Lamarche | Written by Irena Brignull, Adam Pava | Directed by Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Below the streets of Cheesebridge live the Boxtrolls, a community of cave-dwelling and cardboard box-wearing creatures, who are believed to pose a threat to the citizens of the town and their children. However, in truth, they really pose no such threat and have even raised an orphaned boy, Eggs (voice of Isaac Hempstead Wright), as one of their own. Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a local pest exterminator, hatches a plan to get rid of the Boxtrolls for good as a means of securing his place within the town’s cheese-loving elite. When the Boxtrolls hear of Archibald’s plan it then falls to Eggs to save the day, since he is the only »
- Phil Wheat
Stop-motion wunderstudio Laika‘s latest film, The Boxtrolls, hits the DVD/Blu-Ray market today. You should see The Boxtrolls (if you haven’t already, that is). It’s sweet, it’s extremely strange and its tremendous stop-motion visuals are more than worth whatever viewing fees might be required up front. But if there’s been one complaint I found in this tale of boy, girl, cheese and an army of cardboard-clad trolls, it’d be this: the film suffers from story issues. Well, story “issue,” in the singular. That issue being: The Boxtrolls is the exact same movie as ParaNorman. Before you say anything- yes, there are obvious differences between the two films. ParaNorman is set in the world you and I inhabit, while The Boxtrolls takes place in the fictional quasi-victorian isle of Cheesebridge. ParaNorman deals with witches, ghosts and zombies, while The Boxtrolls‘ one supernatural element hews to the titular trolls. Also »
- Adam Bellotto
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Laika's latest stop-motion film is about a kiddo named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) who is raised by a gaggle of trolls under the streets of Cheesebridge. It got pretty good reviews, as well as an Oscar nomination, and while it hasn't snatched up as many eyes and hearts as "Coraline" or "ParaNorman," it's still a solid kid's movie. The Blu-ray includes audio commentary from directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, as well as a few other extra goodies.
Scarlett Johansson's actioner has been available digitally, but now you can snag it on Blu-ray.
Guy Maddin's wonderfully weird ode to his hometown is finally on Criterion. In addition to your typical Criterion updates -- a high-def digital video transfer, »
- Jenni Miller
Although there were more than the usual number of snubs and surprises in this morning’s Oscar nominations, easily the most animated cries of shock came in, well, the Animated Feature category.
If ever there was a sure thing going into today’s nominations, it was that Warner Bros’ blockbuster toon The Lego Movie not only would be nominated but was the presumed front -runner for the win. It’s a real shame for talented director-writers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who also got screwed by the Academy animation voters when they were overlooked for 2009’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. But this snub was bigger, Huge.
This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic.
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015
Shockwaves not only hit the room but among those working on rival films — the ones that did get nominated. »
- Pete Hammond
It may be too soon to say, but I believe 2015 to be the year of Anna Kendrick. Having established herself as a great support actress in the Twilight Saga, she’s gone on to steal the show in numerous films, including Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Paranorman and End Of Watch, managing to the pull the limelight away from her more central co-stars.
This year sees the release of six new titles starring Kendrick, the first being the live-action Disney musical Into The Woods, and to celebrate we are looking back at five of Anna’s greatest career choices.
(Dir: Joe Swanberg, 2013)
Drinking Buddies saw Anna star alongside Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, and New Girl favourite Jake Johnson, in an almost fly-on-the-wall look at how friendships play out between men and women – particularly when they are best friends and co-workers – and their respective partners. Anna features as Jill, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
“It won’t change who you are. Cheese, hats, boxes-they don’t make you who you are. You make you!”
Get ready to enjoy a masterfully crafted Dickensian world with stunningly well animated-characters and witty dialog. If you’re familiar with Coraline and Paranorman, Laika Animation Studio’s previous works, The Boxtrolls will come as no surprise. As before, the visuals are worth the price of admission and as before, I was left hungry for more.
The Boxtrolls itself is a well-told fantasy full of silliness and whimsy, but there’s depth and meaning as well. It could be argued that this is a kids film about ethnic cleansing and genocide(!), but it’s all handled in the best possible taste. Somehow they managed to pull this off without ever being too heavy-handed, scary, or inappropriate. An example of this would be the villain’s henchmen, who spend much of »
- Tom Stockman
They took us to Neil Gaiman’s haunting “Other World” of button-eyed residents in Coraline, traveled to a town besieged by zombies and ghosts in ParaNorman, and most recently introduced a world where underground and humans struggle to co-exist in The Boxtrolls. Fans of Laika’s stop-motion animated features can partake in an upcoming auction in Beverly Hills of over 250 items from the studio’s films.
Press Release – “[Portland, Or and Beverly Hills, CA; January 6, 2015] – Laika, the visionary animation studio behind the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated The Boxtrolls and the BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, will open its archives for the first time for a limited auction of over 250 puppets, models, props and art in The Art of Laika, to be held by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in Beverly Hills.
A portion of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to »
- Derek Anderson
7 items from 2015
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