In 2009 they took us to Neil Gaiman’s haunting “Other World” inhabited by button-eyed residents in Coraline. Three years later they followed a boy and his friends as they tried to save their town from zombies and ghosts in ParaNorman. Focusing their lens on trolls in their next stop-motion animated film seems like a perfect fit for LAIKA, a company that excels at making adventure-thrillers that both kids and adults can enjoy. The Boxtrolls isn’t due out in theaters until September 26th, but we have exclusive photos of a new display of The Boxtrolls at Universal Studios Hollywood for you to check out now.
Daily Dead’s own Kristian Hanson recently provided us with photos from The Boxtrolls dynamic display. The display gives us a closer look at the posh human residents of Cheesebridge (the town the film is set in) and the fun-loving, cardboard box-wearing trolls who live beneath the town’s cobblestone streets.
“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 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 Mr. 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 (Mr. 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 (Ms. Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.”