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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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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The older sister of Elle Fanning (Winnie Portley-Rind), Dakota Fanning, voiced the lead in Laika's first feature, Coraline (2009). It, like The Boxtrolls (2014), was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 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

Winnie: Where are the rivers of blood, and the mountains of bones? I was promised rivers of blood!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in The Oscars (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boxtrolls Song
Words and Music by Eric Idle
Demo music arranged by Marc Mann
Arranged by Mark Orton & Ritchie Young
Performed by Mark Orton & Loch Lomond
Vocalist Sean Patrick Doyle
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Dark and visually perfect, with some lighthearted fun. Brilliant.
16 September 2014 | by benoit_03See 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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