• The Boxtrolls (2014)

The Boxtrolls

Release Date: September 26th, 2014

PG |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls -- a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) hatches a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

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

Director: Anthony Stacchi , Graham Annable

Genres: Comedy , Adventure , Fantasy , Children , Animated

Production Co: Laika

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Friendship, Friend, Cheeky, Charming, Rescue

Ratings & Reviews

  • 32
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    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

  • 40
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    There’s a crucial shortage of heart here, from the messy storytelling to the hit-or-miss humor and unattractive visuals. show more

  • 58
    James RocchiFilm.com

    The Boxtrolls is a swing-and-miss for Laika; when you move forward with revolutionary techniques while standing still in terms of your themes, stories and settings, no amount of technical trickery or animation genius can bring the boring to vivid life. show more

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Nominated Animated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Animated Feature Film
Nominated Best Animated Feature Film