ParaNorman/Coraline Team to Make “The Boxtrolls” Coming September 26, 2014

This post will have official information from Focus Features on the upcoming stop-motion/CG hybrid animated film “The Boxtrolls,” opening in theaters September 26, 2014.  “The Boxtrolls” is created by the animation company Laika – makers of the 2009 film Coraline and 2012’s ParaNorman and based on Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters! (Ratbridge Chronicles).  Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan will provide the voices for the film.  Continue reading for more details from Focus Features’ press release, and click here for our spoiler-free review of “The Boxtrolls.”

Update September 21, 2014

Video featurette on the importance of family in “The Boxtrolls,” and an orphan boy named Eggs raised by Boxtrolls.

Update September 4, 2014

Video featurette for THE BOXTROLLS describing the pain-staking detail that went into fabricating this world; the water effect in particular is astounding.

Update August 29, 2014

Video featurette for THE BOXTROLLS with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the stop-motion animated sets and models used for the film.  As well as an introduction to the characters by the actors who voice them including: Sir Ben Kingsley, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg, Issac Hempstead-Wright, and Elle Fanning.

Update August 7, 2014

Theatrical poster released for THE BOXTROLLS


Update July 30, 2014

Recap of the EAT LIKE THE BOXTROLLS event with Chef David George Gordon at San Diego Comic Con by George Gensler.

Eat Like the Boxtrolls Food Truck

Eat Like the Boxtrolls Food Truck


Update July 18, 2014

Meet THE BOXTROLLS posters released; get to know Fish, Shoe, Sparky and the whole gang with these character posters.

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Update June 13, 2014

It’s time to celebrate ME!  I mean Dad… yes, it’s time to celebrate Dad.  Check out these box-tastic cards and crafts from LAIKA and Focus Features’ family-friendly stop-motion animated film THE BOXTROLLS, and continue for a dun video with five activities to do for Father’s Day.

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Update June 11, 2014

Official theatrical trailer released for THE BOXTROLLS – “Dare to be brave… Dare to be free… Dare to be square.”

Update May 17, 2014

Dare to be square, and build your own Boxtroll.  Laika’s encouraging everyone to get creative, build their own Boxtroll, in their new contest on the film’s website.  The grand prize winner will have their design made into a stop-motion puppet by a Laika artist and sent to you.  There are other Box-tastic prizes to be won too.  Check out the instructional video below for details.


Update March 5, 2014

Third trailer released for “The Boxtrolls” – with rockin’ soundtrack by Cee Lo Green covering Elvis Presley.

“Dare to be square…”

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Original post follows below…

From Focus Features press release

Marking their third project together, LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the current Academy Award-nominated animated feature ParaNorman, announced today that LAIKA has begun production on The Boxtrolls.  The new movie will be released nationwide by Focus on September 26th, 2014.  Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight made the announcement.

The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight.  The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcoming The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).


The Boxtrolls – image courtesy Focus Features


The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses.  Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses.  At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed.  In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells.  The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Issac Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own.  When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

Mr. Knight said, “The Boxtrolls is a visually dazzling mash-up of gripping detective story, absurdist comedy, and steampunk adventure with a surprisingly wholesome heart.  It’s Dickens by way of Monty Python.  Tony and Graham have crafted a strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures, good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do.  But at its core, like all LAIKA films, The Boxtrolls is a moving and human story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance.  We’re thrilled to partner with Focus Features and Universal to bring this remarkable story to family audiences around the world.”

Mr. Schamus commented, “Following our successful collaborations on ParaNorman and Coraline, we are delighted to be embarking on a third wondrous adventure with the LAIKA artisans who transform everyday materials into living creatures infused with dimension, humor, and soul.  With a wonderfully appealing menagerie of fun characters, and a generous, open heart at its center, The Boxtrolls will be a must-see for family audiences.”

Focus Features ParaNorman

Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) leads kids from his town on an adventure in ParaNorman. Laika, Inc. / Focus Features, LLC.


As on the previous animation collaborations ParaNorman and Coraline, Focus will hold worldwide distribution rights to The BoxTrolls, and Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas (with eOne Distribution handling Canada).  Coraline (2009) earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI).  In addition to its Academy Award nomination, ParaNorman (2012) is in the running for the BAFTA Awards’ animated feature prize.  ParaNorman has won two Annie Awards (the animation community’s Oscars equivalent) and been cited as best animated feature film by 14 critics’ groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature.

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