Making films for kids and families is a big business and technology has allowed for many great visual escapes. The Boxtrolls will be in theatres this weekend and there’s something quite beautiful about this particular film. The stop-motion animated method used is something that isn’t common anymore and that, alone, is enough for me to go running back to see it with my kids. Most films done for this age group these days are all about the sizzle but in this new film, I found myself truly appreciating rarely seen art form. Remember Coraline? The studio, Laika, worked on both films using the same technique.
The story of The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Set in a medieval English town, the city-dwellers lock up at night in fear of The Boxtrolls. The mysterious creatures have their own language and communicated somehow through banging and strange noises. Not quite sure how the little boy learned to speak English having being raised by the Boxtrolls. Anyway, as the folk-lore would explain to the humans, if they were found by the creatures they would certainly be eaten. The young boy, and a sassy girl he meets, tries to prove the myth is unfound.
I gotta say I love how each of the Boxtrolls get their names by what they wear. Gives a whole new twist on who are you wearing? or does what you wear really define who you are? Just a thought.
Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow. The film stars, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Tracy Morgan and many others.
The Boxtrolls is out in theatres in Canada starting September 26, 2014 — also check out their website for some fun activities!
Here’s the official trailer…