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PG| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Cast: Isaac Hempstead-Wright , Elle Fanning , Ben Kingsley , Toni Collette , Jared Harris , Simon Pegg , Nick Frost , Richard Ayoade

Directors: Anthony Stacchi , Graham Annable

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Animated

Distributor: Focus Features

The Boxtrolls (2014)

Release Date: September 26th, 2014|1 hr. 36 min.

critic reviews ( 6 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • There’s a crucial shortage of heart here, from the messy storytelling to the hit-or-miss humor and unattractive visuals. show more

  • Lacking appealing characters (or character design), this misfire will, with any luck, eventually become a forgotten footnote among the output of a production company that has, up until now, shown real promise at making films that defy the usual tropes and storytelling mechanisms in contemporary family-friendly animation. show more

  • 80

    There’s slapstick and silliness to entertain small children and nefarious plots for the adult audience to untangle, making this a far more handsome prospect than any of its characters could imagine. show more

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The 10 Most Amazing Things About Laika, the Studio Behind 'The Boxtrolls'

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Sep 10th, 2014 8:30PM

A few weeks ago, we were whisked away to the magical land of Portland, Oregon, for the sole purpose of visiting Laika, the animation studio whose dazzling new stop motion confection "The Boxtrolls,"...

Here's a Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'The Boxtrolls,' Courtesy of Bran Stark (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Sep 8th, 2014 2:00PM

If you've been watching "Game of Thrones," you know that it's hard not to root for Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays the crippled (but still plucky) young member of the Stark clan, Bran, whose destiny...

Watch 'The Boxtrolls' Come to Life in This Exclusive Preview (VIDEO)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Aug 7th, 2014 1:00PM

It's hard not to be totally in love with the movies that Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio behind "Coraline" and the oddly overlooked "ParaNorman," release. They're odd, they're...

'The Boxtrolls' Are Magically Adorable in This New Trailer (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Jun 13th, 2014 7:00PM

Are you ready for some stop-motion magic this fine afternoon? The first trailer for "The Boxtrolls" has crept out of hiding, and it's freaking adorable. Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is an oddly...

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