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This charming family animation based on Here be Monsters (Alan Snow) features the Boxtrolls who are small mischievous monster-like characters living beneath the streets of Cheesebridge, a cheese manufacturing town. Living with them is a young orphaned boy, Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), who they have raised themselves from infancy. These cave-dwelling box clad, trash collectors are gradually being exterminated at the hands of the villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) and his Red Hat pest controlling exterminators employed by Lord Portly Rind the town's mayor.
Eggs ventures above ground where he teams up with feisty posh girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) and together they work out a plan which will save the Boxtrolls from their enemies. Clever, hilarious and well-worth seeing. Also starring (voiceovers) Jared Harris, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region Free Blu-ray player in order to play Please note the UV copy is only compatible in participating regions please visit the UV website for full details Stop-motion animated adventure Below the streets of Cheesebridge live the Boxtrolls a community of cave-dwelling and cardboard box-wearing creatures who are believed to pose a threat to the citizens of the town and their children However in truth they really pose no such threat and have even raised an orphaned boy Eggs (voice of Isaac Hempstead Wright) as one of their own Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) a local pest exterminator hatches a plan to get rid of the Boxtrolls for good as a means of securing his place within the town&39;s cheese-loving elite When the Boxtrolls hear of Archibald&39;s plan it then falls to Eggs to save the day since he is the only member of the group who can remain undetected on the city streets He ventures above ground and soon befriends local rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) who agrees to help Eggs save his adopted family from extinction
Academy Award-nominated stop-motion adventure. Below the streets of Cheesebridge live the Boxtrolls, a community of cave-dwelling and cardboard box-wearing creatures, who are believed to pose a threat to the citizens of the town and their children. However, in truth, they really pose no such threat and have even raised an orphaned boy, Eggs (voice of Isaac Hempstead Wright), as one of their own. Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a local pest exterminator, hatches a plan to get rid of the Boxtrolls for good as a means of securing his place within the town's cheese-loving elite. When the Boxtrolls hear of Archibald's plan it then falls to Eggs to save the day, since he is the only member of the group who can remain undetected on the city streets. He ventures above ground and soon befriends local rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning), who agrees to help Eggs save his adopted family from extinction...
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The Boxtrolls (Blu-ray 3D)Chris Harley
The Boxtrolls marks the third film from the relatively young animation house, Laika. The studio is behind past successful hits Coraline and ParaNorman, and we are very much indebted to their immense efforts in producing this kind of stop-motion animation, so rarely seen today.
In an age where computers have completely changed the face of animation, it's lovely to see artists still working with their hands in such a pain-staking process, knowing the end result will pay off handsomely. Fortunately, it has, with the Academy giving The Boxtrolls well-deserved recognition in the Best Animated Feature race at next month's Oscars.
Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi earn their first feature-length credit as directors, adapting the best-selling novel by Alan Snow, 'Here Be Monsters!' The film revolves around a young human boy called Eggs, who is raised by a delightfully unique race of trolls that collect rubbish, known as the Boxtrolls.
Rumours in the local town are spread that these creatures are known to kidnap young children, and so an evil pest exterminator, Archibald Snatcher, strikes a deal to rid the town of this supposed problem. In reality, of course, the Boxtrolls are nothing but peace-loving creatures, and it's up to Eggs to save them from extermination.
Best known for his role in HBO's Game of Thrones, the young Isaac Hempstead-Wright leads the voice cast as Eggs, and he's surrounded by an amazing array of talent. The children will love the story, and adults have the added bonus of recognising the voices of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sir Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Tracy Morgan, and Richard Ayoade. Whilst the story and the voice cast are undeniably a lot of fun, it's really the animation itself that is worthy of so much praise.
The work that must have gone into developing such a brilliant look is almost unthinkable. The level of detail is beyond impressive, to the point of sheer jaw-dropping disbelief.
Very young children might find a few of the scenes a little on the scary side, which might be a little unfortunate for some parents - I'd recommend either watching it first to decide for yourself, or at least watching it with your children so you can see how they react before letting them watch it again by themselves. But for the vast majority, it's suitable for all ages, and is a thoroughly entertaining family-friendly film.
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