Reviewed by Joy Dembo, blessed to have a wonderful husband, a 23 yr old son, a married daughter, a 2 year old grandson who is the light of my life and 2 fur babies. Recruitment Response Handling Consultant, interview coach, and Freelance Copywriter, vegetarian and animal lover. Visit her blog.
I’m not a huge fan of animated movies but I loved this cute movie! Its got it all… adventure, comedy, wonderful effects and an exciting and heart-warming story line.
The movie is set in England in the early 1800’s, where we find the people of Cheesebridge terrified by the rumours that Boxtrolls are kidnapping and murdering little children. The Town’s grotesque Pest Exterminator, Archibald Snatcher, makes a deal with the mayor, Lord Portley-Rind, offering to capture and exterminate all the Boxtrolls in exchange for a seat on the city council. Council members wear White Hats and eat copious amounts of cheese, and even though Snatcher is allergic to cheese, he wants a white top hat and all the privileges that go with it.
Snatcher’s claims are actually nonsensical as the boxtrolls are cute, harmless little creatures who dress in cardboard boxes and live in a cavern underground and emerge at night to scavenge through the trash. They are clever inventors and use what they retrieve to invent all kinds of ingenious equipment.
A human baby boy, named Eggs, lives amongst them and is cared for by a Boxtroll named Fish.
The movie fast forwards 10 years and Eggs starts noticing that Boxtrolls are disappearing at a rapid rate, as Snatcher manages to capture more and more of them.
Through circumstances, Eggs teams up with Lord Portly-Rind’s spoilt but neglected daughter, and once he has convinced her that the Boxtrolls are harmless, and they are the ones being hounded and exterminated, she joins him in his quest to put things right.
They embark on a wild adventure which will keep the kids riveted and the adults entertained with the wry humour!
The 3D effects are spectacular and the characters very colourful and lovable.
The movie is based on the book “Here be Monsters”, written by Alan Snow, and was produced by Laika. Directors, Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, are supported by an all star voice cast, including Isaac Hampstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley and Elle Fanning.
The movie releases on 27 November 2014, at cinemas countrywide, just in time for the December school holidays.