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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)


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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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 USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's smallest prop was a tiny sewing thread and needle. 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 »


Winnie: [When Eggs states his a boxtroll] Oh... really? Then lets see you fit into your box!
Eggs: Err... I can't right now
Winnie: [nods head] Ummhmm
Eggs: I'm long boned
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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 »


References Hobson's Choice (1954) See more »


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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"Ugly Minions" - UK Film Review
1 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Based on Alan Snow's children novel "Here Be Monsters", The Boxtrolls follows in the eerie and murky footsteps of Coraline and Paranorman for an animated caper with more quirkiness than a Come Dine With Me at Tim Burton's house.

Isaac Hempstead Wight voices "Eggs", a boy who grew up under the streets by a group of box-wearing trolls, who roam the streets at night finding anything they can to make into useful devices. Deemed a menace and a scourge, the city employs The Red Hats, a team of brutal Boxtroll-catching goons led by Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) - a ruthless and ambitious tyrant, who hopes to climb the social hierarchy in order to swap his red hat for a white one.

White Hats are the political strata of society, the decision-makers, who spend more time scoffing cheese in the Tasting Room than providing any worthwhile contribution to the town of Cheesebridge. When a White Hat's daughter, Winnie (Elle Fanning), falls in with The Boxtrolls and Eggs, the town becomes the setting for a rough-and-tumble adventure as the gang attempt to find and free the Boxtrolls who have been taken by the Red Hats.

Fun, funky, and full of creative freedom, The Boxtrolls delivers a meatier and more enjoyable family film than its predecessors, with a spectacular cast of voices, and some of the best animation in years. It is lively, perfectly-timed, and some of the weightier themes will keep even the snobbiest of film-watchers interested. The film delivers commentary on very relevant class issues and green themes, whilst keeping them tucked under a bombastic and explosive film for families.

The Boxtrolls themselves are like ugly Minions, speaking an incomprehensible dialect of baffling gibberish, whilst looking petrified by the harsh realities of human interaction. They are, in fact, more appealing than Minions as they each have subtle differences (like the one with false teeth, or the one with anger issues), and varying boxes - such as Fish or Eggs.

Just as The Boxtrolls roam the streets recycling garbage into new and useful things, the film itself has recycled some of its makers' past imagery (wouldn't quite call it garbage, although Paranorman tested this particular reviewer) and created a late summer film that thinks outside the box.

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