Main Plot Points:
- A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.
- When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.
What We Thought:
- The Boxtrolls is a dark family flick that I liked a lot. It’s a lot darker than ParaNorman or Coraline, but I still rather enjoyed it.
- The Boxtrolls themselves reminded me a lot of the Minions from Despicable Me. They are fun, funny, speak funny and get into a lot of trouble. They might be a bit too scary for a really young audience though.
- As an adult I love the voiceovers. It has a great cast including Sir Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris of Mad Men and two of my favorites Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. They add a lot to some already bizarre characters.
- It is a weird film though. I don’t know how it will play to a young audience who are used to Disney films. It’s not super violent or anything like that, but they are weird creatures with odd characters trying to capture them.
- Kids might not understand the human characters in it. They won’t get all the cheese jokes and white hat/red hat separation. But the box trolls are funny so hopefully they are laughing and enjoying them enough to skip over the plot and characters.
- Each new film from Laika seems to get darker and darker. I’m curious to see how The Boxtrolls does at the box office. I liked it. I’d watch it again, but is it family friendly enough for it to do big money?
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Ben Kingsley
- Jared Harris
- Nick Frost
- Tracy Morgan
- Simon Pegg
- Elle Fanning
Recommended if You Like:
- Despicable Me/Minions