Laika and Focus Adapting 'Here Be Monsters' with All-Star Voice Cast
by Ethan Anderton
February 7, 2013
After teaming up for the stellar stop-motion animated films Coraline and ParaNorman, Laika and Focus Features are teaming up for another animated feature, this time with a hybrid of 3D stop-motion and CG animation. The two companies have announced The Boxtrolls, based on Alan Snow's fantasy novel Here be Monsters, with Open Season co-director Anthony Stacchi and Coraline and ParaNorman story artists Graham Annable at the helm of the film In addition, the cast includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and the dynamic duo of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Damn, that's one hell of a voice cast. So what's the story?
Here's the synopsis from the official press release:
'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 (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 (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 (Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change and cheese.
LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight says, "It's Dickens by way of Monty Python. Tony and Graham have crafted a strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures, good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do. But at its core, like all LAIKA films, 'The Boxtrolls' is a moving and human story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance." This sounds like exactly the kind of animated film I adore, and stop-motion animation in the hands of Laika has proved to be nothing short of gorgeous and majestic. Focus Features brings The Boxtrolls to theaters on October 17th, 2014.