Sound Off: Laika's Stop-Motion Film 'The Boxtrolls' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
September 26, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes…even rectangles. Now playing is the latest stop-motion animated feature film from Laika titled The Boxtrolls, co-written by Irena Brignull & Adam Pava adapted from Alan Snow's novel "Here Be Monsters!", co-directed by Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi. The film tells the story of an orphan boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called Boxtrolls. It's wacky, but tons of fun. How much fun? Better than Laika's other films or more of the same? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Laika's The Boxtrolls.
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To start up the discussion, I enjoyed The Boxtrolls but found myself appreciating the work/technique more than the actual story. It's very bizarre and gets a bit too wacky for my tastes, but I still enjoyed it. I like the setup with Eggs and the Boxtrolls and adored their story, but I wasn't fond of the Winnie character. She was way too out there and, dare I say, bitchy for me to like her. But I can understand why some people will love that character to death (pun intended) and will idolize her for being so independent and so quirky. But at that age, wearing those frilly outfits (ugh), I was just a few lines away from despising her with every ounce (sorry, just honest). Luckily it brings things back around to the good side before it goes too far overboard.
I really don't like comparing Laika films and I especially don't like comparing them against other animated films. However, I admit that I very much appreciate the originality of Laika's work - from the characters and the world itself to the story and the very quirky twists in it. The "cheese" storyline allows for quite a few cliches but they're presented in a very fun way, especially when it takes some funky twists and turns. My favorite part of the entire movie is the credits tag showing the filmmaker doing the stop-motion animation while the characters talk about life. Lovely way to remind everyone how much work goes into these movies.
What did you think of Laika's The Boxtrolls? An animation sensation, or incoherent disaster?
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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments
It was like watching a moving painting. Really loved it. Think I preferred Paranorman to Box Trolls, but my son liked Box Trolls better. I loved the characters skin and how grotesque things were.
Carpola on Sep 26, 2014
I genuinely loved this film. I've taken my five year old to a number of child films but this was a unique proposition. Fantastic voice work, especially Richard Ayode and Ben Kingsley. A wholly original world which was gorgeous to look at and a wonderful simple story that was magical without being overly saccharine. The piece at the end that shows Mr pickles being animated was just a fat juicy cherry on top. Loved it and can't recommend it highly enough.
Michael on Sep 26, 2014
So glad to hear it's great.
DAVIDPD on Sep 26, 2014
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