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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shoe / Sparky (voice)
... Fish / Wheels / Bucket (voice)
Max Mitchell ... Baby Eggs (voice)
... Snatcher (voice)
... Lord Portley-Rind (voice)
... Mr. Trout (voice)
... Mr. Pickles (voice)
... Mr. Gristle (voice)
... Oil Can / Knickers (voice)
... Fragile / Sweets (voice)
... Clocks / Specs (voice)
... Eggs (voice)
... Winnie Portley-Rind (voice)
... Sir Langsdale (voice)
... Sir Broderick / Male Workman 1 / Male Workman 2 (voice)
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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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26 September 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Here Be Monsters  »

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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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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: [on seeing Eggs scratching his crotch] NO! Don't scratch those in public! That's why they're called privates!
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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 »

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Referenced in South Park: Handicar (2014) 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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Not cute but clever
25 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

There are cute children's films - like "Frozen, the first movie to which I ever took my granddaughter (then just under three) - and then there is the more challenging kind - like "The Boxtrolls" to which I took her nine months later. We haven't read the source material, the novel "Here Be Monsters!" by Alan Snow, but she knows all about trolls from "Frozen" and other stories and these are very cleverly represented through stop- motion capture by the specialist production company Laika. But it's a little bit scary for young ones, so my granddaughter held on to my hand most of the film and sat on my lap for the final third.

For British adults of a certain age, the characters of the town of Cheesebridge look like people from a Gerald Scarfe cartoon and the subterranean habitat of the boxtrolls themselves is like a cross between the worlds of Heath Robinson and Hieronymus Bosch. The voices are very well-done and for me the best of comes from Ben Kingsley as a hard bad guy and Richard Ayoade as a soft bad guy. Stay for the credits when early on there is a little bit of existential angst on display from two of the stop motion characters.


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