I am so excited that this Friday from directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, Laika Entertainment and Focus Features everyone will get to experience THE BOXTROLLS!
This is the story of Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an eleven-year-old boy who happens to live with, well, trolls that live in boxes! He eats bugs and has a fantastic imagination for creating things out of junk. With his father-figure Fish (Dee Bradley Baker), they go out every night looking for interesting pieces of – anything!
Eggs also has other Boxtroll friends in Shoe, Fragile, Specs and Sparky and he would do anything for them. Living underground away from people, Eggs and Fish are enjoying their life together.
That is until Boxtrolls start dwindling because of Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a very nasty man who believes if he gets all the Boxtrolls, he can become important. Wanting to become one of the white hats led by Lord Portley-Rind (Jared Harris), cheese motivates Snatcher.
The town Lord has a daughter, Winnie (Elle Fanning), who sees Eggs with the Boxtrolls and curiosity gets the better of her. Trying to help Eggs adjust around other people, they discover that Snatcher is much more twisted than they could have imagined and he has a secret concerning who Eggs really is!
Between his Boxtroll family and discovering who he is, Eggs has his box full!
FINAL WORD: Hempstead-Wright does a very good job as the voice of Eggs. This character is already so sweet and loving without an ounce of judgment in him. He doesn’t see the difference between himself and the Boxtrolls until it is pointed out to him. The voice is very important to make a character believable and Hempstead-Wright makes it sound so easy.
Kingsley as Snatcher is just down right ugly evil. Okay, so he’s also hilarious in a dress. I am a Kingsley fan from, dare I say, way back. That could be a hindrance but in this case I had no problem believing Snatcher as a character and not Sir Ben Kingsley as a character. In a way Snatcher steals a little bit of the film which might actually please him to no end!
Fanning as Winnie is smart, a little mouthy yet knowing what the right things to do is. Even from the beginning as Winnie is aggravated with her neglectful father, she knows the difference between right and wrong. Once her tough exterior is breached, and you can thank Eggs for that, her caring and loyalty are put to the test.
The Boxtrolls are amazing, crazy, funny, sweet, loving, weird – just about every nice and strange word you can think of. Their dedication to Eggs is amazing and I didn’t see them as troll-ish for one minute. Instead I wanted to find out where they are so I could hang out with them!!
Boxtrolls: Steve Blum as Sparky, Nika Futterman as Knickers, Pat Fraley as Sweets, Fred Tatasdore as Specs, and Max Mitchel as Baby Eggs.
Other characters include: Nick Frost as Mr. Trout, Richard Ayoade as Mr. Pickles, Tracy Morgan as Mr. Gristle, Maurice LaMarche as Sir Langsdale, and James Urbaniak as Sir Broderick.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE BOXTROLLS four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This film is just sublime, delightful and fun from start to finish. I absolutely love each and every Boxtroll! The film is funny with characters that are delightfully memorable.
THE BOXTROLLS is beautifully done with vivid colors, lots of action, and creatures that are so imaginative and original. Can you tell I had such a good time giggling and enjoying a good story and smooth animation!
Director Annable is responsible as the story artist for the amazing and watched a lot in my family – PARANORMAN. Director Anthony Stacchi is the story artist for ANTZ and co-director/ writer for OPEN SEASON. Together these two have a pretty awesome resume for animation and THE BOXTROLLS proves just that.
The film is based on the children’s story “Here Be Monsters” from writer Alan Snow. For more fun and games go to http://www.theboxtrolls.com!
In the end – heroes come in all shapes and sizes…even rectangles!