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Laika's third feature, The Boxtrolls, gets a teaser and poster

Jul. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Laika has released two acclaimed films to date: CORALINE and PARANORMAN, both of which have become staples in the movie rotation for my kids. They are darker than what Pixar and Dreamworks have to offer but no less full of heart. I especially think PARANORMAN was one of the best animated films of the last several years. Laika is trying to complete their hat trick with the similarly dark THE BOXTROLLS which just revealed a teaser and poster.

THE BOXTROLLS comes from directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and keeps the same trademark character design as PARANORMAN as well as the supernatural plot elements that set the films apart. Plus you have a phenomenal cast featuring Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg. You had me at Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

Here's the teaser:

The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, thats the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous exterminator who is bent on eradicating them, Eggs must venture aboveground to save them, where he teams with an adventurous young girl to save not only the Boxtrolls but the soul of Cheesebridge.

THE BOXTROLLS is a high concept story, but so was PARANORMAN. I can sense the British-ness in this project and that is fine by me. Hopefully everyone jumps on board and Laika continues to produces great family films for years to come. Watch out, Pixar! Another studio is going for a perfect record!

THE BOXTROLLS opens everywhere on September 26, 2014.

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6:24AM on 07/03/2013

CGI or Stop Motion

It looks great, but where it says: "The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios" do they mean that it is CG animated, or Stop Motion, presented in 3D? i can't actually tell from the trailer, CGI is getting so good it is almost indistinguishable, especially if they purposefully make the CG look like Stop Motion, (See the trailer for The Lego Movie for example)
It looks great, but where it says: "The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios" do they mean that it is CG animated, or Stop Motion, presented in 3D? i can't actually tell from the trailer, CGI is getting so good it is almost indistinguishable, especially if they purposefully make the CG look like Stop Motion, (See the trailer for The Lego Movie for example)
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6:24AM on 07/03/2013

CGI or Stop Motion

It looks great, but where it says: "The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios" do they mean that it is CG animated, or Stop Motion, presented in 3D? i can't actually tell from the trailer, CGI is getting so good it is almost indistinguishable, especially if they purposefully make the CG look like Stop Motion, (See the trailer for The Lego Movie for example)
It looks great, but where it says: "The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios" do they mean that it is CG animated, or Stop Motion, presented in 3D? i can't actually tell from the trailer, CGI is getting so good it is almost indistinguishable, especially if they purposefully make the CG look like Stop Motion, (See the trailer for The Lego Movie for example)
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10:30PM on 07/02/2013
Loved ParaNorman to little bits; but cannot view the trailer because it's been blocked.
Loved ParaNorman to little bits; but cannot view the trailer because it's been blocked.
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10:02PM on 07/02/2013
I prefer this to that Zoom (Cars-spin off that is bunch of airplanes).
I prefer this to that Zoom (Cars-spin off that is bunch of airplanes).
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6:20AM on 07/03/2013
Don't you mean "Planes"
Don't you mean "Planes"
6:21AM on 07/03/2013
Don't you mean "Planes"
Don't you mean "Planes"
8:32PM on 07/02/2013

I am SO there!

I really liked CORALINE and I thought PARANORMAN was the best animated film released last year, so I have high hopes for this one. And that trailer was brilliant. Love the concept, love the characterization.
I really liked CORALINE and I thought PARANORMAN was the best animated film released last year, so I have high hopes for this one. And that trailer was brilliant. Love the concept, love the characterization.
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7:06PM on 07/02/2013
Looks fun. I guess we'll see. It's not completely down yet. I was able to view it online today.
Looks fun. I guess we'll see. It's not completely down yet. I was able to view it online today.
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6:47PM on 07/02/2013
Every YouTube video posted on Joblo today is either deleted due to copyright complaints, or restricted in the USA.
Every YouTube video posted on Joblo today is either deleted due to copyright complaints, or restricted in the USA.
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5:26PM on 07/02/2013

Looks great!

My only complaint is that I have to wait well over a year to see this stop-motion gem.
My only complaint is that I have to wait well over a year to see this stop-motion gem.
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4:41PM on 07/02/2013

looks interesting

paranorman might be one of the best animated features i've seen in a long time.
paranorman might be one of the best animated features i've seen in a long time.
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4:35PM on 07/02/2013
I'm there. My daughters love the other 2...
I'm there. My daughters love the other 2...
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4:07PM on 07/02/2013

Looks great so far

I love Coraline and Paranorman was pretty good too, so I am looking forward to this very much...
I love Coraline and Paranorman was pretty good too, so I am looking forward to this very much...
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