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The Boxtrolls (2014)

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A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

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Irena Brignull (screenplay), Adam Pava (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Blum ... Shoe / Sparky (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker ... Fish / Wheels / Bucket (voice)
Max Mitchell Max Mitchell ... Baby Eggs (voice)
Ben Kingsley ... Snatcher (voice)
Jared Harris ... Lord Portley-Rind (voice)
Nick Frost ... Mr. Trout (voice)
Richard Ayoade ... Mr. Pickles (voice)
Tracy Morgan ... Mr. Gristle (voice)
Nika Futterman ... Oil Can / Knickers (voice)
Pat Fraley ... Fragile / Sweets (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... Clocks / Specs (voice)
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Eggs (voice)
Elle Fanning ... Winnie Portley-Rind (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Sir Langsdale (voice)
James Urbaniak ... Sir Broderick / Male Workman 1 / Male Workman 2 (voice)
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Storyline

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

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From the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Here Be Monsters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,275,239, 28 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,837,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,285,033
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The large cheese Lord Portly-Rind buys, instead of a children's hospital, has "Hobson's Choice" written on it a few times. The phrase may have originated from Thomas Hobson (1544-1631) a livery stable owner in Cambridge England. Customers would only be offered the horse nearest the door, this ensured a good rotation of his horses and no quibbling from customers demanding better horses. It is also the title of Hobson's Choice (1954). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Alternate Versions

In the Latin American Spanish dubbing, Madam Fru Fru speaks in an Argentinean accent instead of a French one, and her song becomes a tango. See more »

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Featured in The Oscars (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Boxes
Composed by Malvina Reynolds
Arranged by Ritchie Young
Performed by Loch Lomond
Licensed by arrangement with Schroder Music Co.
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More allegorical meaning than you can fit in a box
26 September 2014 | by gdeangelSee all my reviews

The film Boxtrolls is so jam packed with themes that cut to the core of our society that you might expect it to be cobbled together, choppy, overreaching, and pretentious. It is, in fact, none of those things.

A thoroughly entertaining, not too cerebral, romp down one box conveyor after another, the film succeeds at wrapping it's central theme of persecution and prejudice in layers of equally significant ideas: group self-identification, class ambition, dalliant obsessions, self-esteem, and self-destructive addiction. It follows a nicely predictable plot arc that will satisfy your children while you ponder whether the plucky heroine's ostensible obsession with the macabre is likely a reflection of a Freudian complex with roots in her father's indifference. The bad guy with his crooked teeth and greazy hair is unmistakably evil. But at the same time the good guys aren't wearing the white hats. In fact, it's comparing and poking fun at both incompetence and maliciousness.

The animation finds it's grounding in a setting that is reminiscent of Corpse Bride. From the industrial green palate of the box trolls to the stiff and starched characterization of the patrician class, the visual design of the film holds together well.

After the film you'll walk out of the theater with lots of things on your mind, but you won't be walking out with a child who was bored to sleep or fits by another didactic feature of animated hogwash. That is an impressive achievement for any film.


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