Release Date: September 26, 2014
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Nominated for Best Animated Feature for the upcoming Oscars, The Boxtrolls is a wonderfully visual bit of quirkiness that boasts British-style humor with some inspired lunacy. It may not be for the lactose-intolerant, but I laughed out loud more than once.Click here to read the full reviewFebruary 10th, 2015 · Details
The Boxtrolls was created by the same production company, Laika Studios, that developed ParaNorman and Coraline. Trailers make it look like it has a just-in-time-for-Halloween Tim Burton-esque prank of a plot. And make no mistake, there is intensity and darkness here, mostly with regard to how hatefully the genocidal Snatcher persecutes the harmless Boxtrolls. And it also contains some decidedly adult innuendo when it comes to Madame Frou Frou. But The Boxtrolls is much more than that. Courage and bravery and strong community connections all take a big bow here. And Fish, for one, couldn't be a better father in the midst of a movie that delivers an inspiring, tenderhearted picture of what fatherhood should in fact look like. Namely, that a father's job is to love, protect, nourish and nurture the children entrusted to him.Click here to read the full reviewJanuary 12th, 2015 · Details
Best animation movie I have seen in a long time. Great story, and message. Fun and intelligent. I also went and bought 4 different types of cheeses afterwards.November 3rd, 2014 · Details
If Charles Dickens collaborated with Dr. Seuss, he might have produced "The Boxtrolls" (Focus), a charmingly bizarre urban fable about rich and poor and things that go bump in the night.Click here to read the full reviewOctober 21st, 2014 · Details
In terms of pure strangeness (and how!) and lavish artistic splendor, The Boxtrolls is probably the best movie that Tim Burton (Frankenweenie) never made.Click here to read the full reviewOctober 16th, 2014 · Details
As a fan of stop-motion animation, I marked The Boxtrolls for immediate viewing when I saw the first trailer. After having seen it, I will say that the art and style did not disappoint, but the story failed to bring me in any further than surface level. That said, my ultimate test for whether or not a movie is worth recommending is in whether or not I spent time during the film wondering when it would be over so I could go home. While that happened to me several times during The Maze Runner, it did not happen once in The Boxtrolls. As a result, I will recommend this movie to others with a caveat: you should probably also like/appreciate stop-motion animation and the artistic styles that generally go along with it. The story focuses on a small group of trolls and a human boy who lives in the sewers with them. When troll-catchers capture his closest friends, the boy enters the world above in an attempt to rescue them. His adventures lead to uncovering the real bad guys and helping the people of the city understand and accept the Boxtrolls. There is not a lot for parents to worry about in this story. I do not recall a single sexual instance or curse word. There is a little bit of violence, but none of it is particularly disturbing. Some of the animation can be slightly grotesque and possibly disturbing to young children ( including things like crooked and dirty teeth on some characters, a character who swells up really badly in a couple of instances, and trolls eating live bugs ), but I would not worry about any children older than age 6 in these instances. For those who care about such things, there is also an instance of cross-dressing by one of the main characters. My final verdict is that those who enjoy stop-motion animation and somewhat artistic movies will enjoy Boxtrolls, but those who care nothing for it will find themselves bored and disengaged. It's certainly a better movie than others I have seen recently, but that's not exactly saying a lot.September 25th, 2014 · Details