If a picture is worth a thousand words, than Laika’s stop-motion animation features are literally worth millions. Their newest effort, The Boxtrolls, is composed of over 125,000 meticulously composed still-frame images painstakingly pieced together to bring the 87-minute film to life. Today, we have 18 new behind-the-scenes images to show just a glimpse of the highly detail-oriented animation process. For more on the inner workings of Laika and The Boxtrolls, be sure to check out my set visit report with 101 “Things to Know”, plus an interview Laika’s CEO and lead animator, Travis Knight.
Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls opens September 26th. Hit the jump to check out the new images.
Take a look at the behind-the-scenes images from The Boxtrolls below:
The film’s official synopsis:
A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – TheBoxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.