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Feb 8, 2013

Laika Announces The Boxtrolls!

Since Coraline, I've been a big fan of Laika! And I've become doubly impressed of Laika with the Oscar nominated animated feature ParaNorman.

Today, Laika together with Focus Pictures have revealed that they have started the production for their new animated project - The Boxtrolls. The new movie is a 3D-stop motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on the best-selling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.

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Anthony Stacchi (co-director of Open Season) and Graham Annable are currently attached to this project. Voice cast will include Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan.
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.

The movie is expected to hit theaters in 2014. Are you excited for The Boxtrolls?

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