Full-Length THE BOXTROLLS Trailer Delves into the Plot of Laika’s Latest Stop-Motion Adventure

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Focus Features has released a new full-length The Boxtrolls trailer for Laika Studios’ new stop-motion animated feature.  Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annabele, the film tells the story of the misunderstood titular trolls that live underneath the streets of Cheesebridge, where they attempt to raise an orphaned human boy as their own.  As with Laika’s other films, Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls again revolves around outsiders, but it’s a story told with the studio’s signature charm and maturity.  This new trailer gets much deeper into the plot than the previous teasers, as we see that the young boy and his boxtroll brethren face danger in the form of the townspeople’s leaders.  Laika’s films are always a refreshing reprieve from many of the other same-feeling animation features that saturate the marketplace, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve put together with this latest adventure.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Boxtrolls trailer.  The film features the voices of Ben KingsleyToni ColletteElle FanningIsaac Hempstead-WrightJared HarrisSimon PeggNick FrostRichard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.  The Boxtrolls opens in 2D and 3D on September 26th.

Trailer via Focus Features.


Here’s the official synopsis for The Boxtrolls:

The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous exterminator who is bent on eradicating them, Eggs must venture aboveground to save them, where he teams with an adventurous young girl to save not only the Boxtrolls but the soul of Cheesebridge.

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  • Dan

    While this obviously looks beautiful, and the amount of work and artistry is astounding, I am positive it will be a box office failure. Laika continues to make films that do not have a proper target audience. Is it for kids? No. Its about kids though. As an adult, I have trouble getting excited about a movie about kids. I cant think of any that have come out in 10 years that I have wanted to watch. (maybe toy story could count). It frustrates me that the writers at Laika keep revisiting their “weird” or troubled childhoods where they were they oddballs or something. I wish they would make an adult movie about adults for adults. Or a kid movie that doesn’t scare kids so much. That being said, I will certainly watch this movie because I enjoy and appreciate stop motion animation.

    • Chachi

      How is this movie not for kids? I have a three year old whose favorite movie is Paranorman. Laika has it nailed. I can watch and enjoy their movies with my kids and we all enjoy them.

      • Dan

        Fair enough. I don’t have kids yet, but I feel like I would have been scared of that movie when I was 3. I suppose Disney was putting out some semi-dark movies in the 80′s/90′s.

    • randommale7

      This movie definitely seems more geared towards kid than their previous work, did you watch the trailer? Either way I’m an adult and I’m excited to see this film!!!

    • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

      You just went in a big circle:

      Art vs. commercial success
      Your frustrations
      Adult movies vs kids movies
      Weird and troubled childhoods

      These guys are expressing their shit with art and not being predictable or pigeon-holing, whereas you sound confused and need to put things in boxes, therefore, you are critical of Laika for not being predictable. Seems a rather confused/contradictory statement… don’t think too hard,chill out, sit back and enjoy the ride.

      Coraline was awesome, Paranorman was good.

      That said…. I will agree with you on one thing though, I don’t think this will light up the Box Office. I really love the studios work but I don’t understand why they invested all the time and effort on this concept. Even as a fan, this just doesn’t appeal to me. I hope it does well though.

      • Dan

        I go by the adage, “aim small, miss small”, and I can’t tell who they are aiming this at. Maybe its me, age 28 male, but are there enough of me? From “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to “Coraline” to “Frankenweenie” to “Corpse Bride” to now this movie, these are all dark movies for kids, but silly and shallow for adults. Is that the best plan when making a movie you want people to see? I feel like they are not getting the most out of all the work they put in these projects.

    • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

      You just went in a big circle:

      Art vs. commercial success
      Your frustrations
      Adult movies vs kids movies
      Weird and troubled childhoods

      These guys are expressing their shit with art and not being predictable or pigeon-holing, whereas you sound confused and need to put things in boxes, therefore, you are critical of Laika for not being predictable. Seems a rather confused/contradictory statement… don’t think too hard,chill out, sit back and enjoy the ride.

      Coraline was awesome, Paranorman was good.

      That said…. I will agree with you on one thing though, I don’t think this will light up the Box Office. I really love the studios work but I don’t understand why they invested all the time and effort on this concept. Even as a fan, this just doesn’t appeal to me. I hope it does well though.

  • Dan

    While this obviously looks beautiful, and the amount of work and artistry is astounding, I am positive it will be a box office failure. Laika continues to make films that do not have a proper target audience. Is it for kids? No. Its about kids though. As an adult, I have trouble getting excited about a movie about kids. I cant think of any that have come out in 10 years that I have wanted to watch. (maybe toy story could count). It frustrates me that the writers at Laika keep revisiting their “weird” or troubled childhoods where they were they oddballs or something. I wish they would make an adult movie about adults for adults. Or a kid movie that doesn’t scare kids so much. That being said, I will certainly watch this movie because I enjoy and appreciate stop motion animation.

  • Jacobnyc

    It will not be a failure. Don’t be an Eeyore. They continue to get funding for their brilliant work and should be celebrated for it! I’m an adult and love their stories.
    Find your inner kid and just enjoy it instead of trying to pick it apart!

  • Jacobnyc

    It will not be a failure. Don’t be an Eeyore. They continue to get funding for their brilliant work and should be celebrated for it! I’m an adult and love their stories.
    Find your inner kid and just enjoy it instead of trying to pick it apart!

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