Monday, 22 December 2014



Starring:  Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Jared Harris and Tracey Jordan. Screenplay by Adam Pava & Irena Brignull, story by Alan Snow and directed byAnthony Stacchi and Graham Annable. 100 minutes long.

I can't believe I forgot about this! I saw it back in September and completely forgot to write a review, which in no way is indicative of the film, which I have to say I absolutely loved! It's a bizarre, unique and utterly charming little animated film enhanced to the Nth degree by being stop motion animation and not CGI.

Made by the Laika studio who previously made Coraline and Paranorman and utilising the same style of animation as Aardman's Wallace & Gromit, that of stop-motion animation. Boxtrolls is the story of Egg a young lost human baby who is found one night and raised by a race of benign, inventive trolls who live beneath the streets of a Cheesebridge collecting rubbish (a sort of cousin to the Wombles), they all wear boxes, hence their name - Boxtrolls. For the past ten years, as Eggs has grown, a nasty rumour has grown in strength that the Boxtrolls kidnap children and so the services of pest exterminator have been hired to rid the town of the trolls. But the exterminator, voiced brilliantly by Sir Ben Kingsley has his own nefarious plan...

What follows is a thrilling, always imaginative adventure that is as rewarding as it is fresh. The script is great filled with musing on the nature of existence and the duality of man, along side a silly slapstick and some extremely amazing animation. Seeing actual models elevates this far beyond the usual CGI fare and gives the whole proceedings a unique edge.

Can't wait to own it on Blu Ray.


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