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Paranorman animation studio working on new stop-motion animation film The Boxtrolls with Ben Kingsley

02.07.2013
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Laika studios enjoyed success with last year's PARANORMAN and are currently in production on THE BOXTROLLS, based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel "Here Be Monsters." The stop-motion/CGI hybrid 3D pic is directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of OPEN SEASON) and Graham Annable (story artist on CORALINE and PARANORMAN) with the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Tracy Morgan, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Richard Ayoade

Focus Features will release the film, just as they did with PARANORMAN, which is set for an October 2014 release.  You can check out the author's website to find out more, but in the meantime, here's the synopsis for THE BOXTROLLS.

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, 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.

THE BOXTROLLS is set to debut in 3D on October 17, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: I couldn't be happier with the current trend of stop-motion films coming down the pipe. Do you prefer CGI or stop-motion?
Source: Deadline

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9:19PM on 02/07/2013
Who put poor little E.T. in that box?
Who put poor little E.T. in that box?
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9:04PM on 02/07/2013
Stop motion a la Wallace & Gromit is my favorite.
Stop motion a la Wallace & Gromit is my favorite.
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9:02PM on 02/07/2013
I loved ParaNorman, I think it was my favourite animated film of the year. Stop-motion animation has got to be one of the most painstaking and labour-intensive ways to tell a story, not to discount to amount of work that goes into a CGI-animated movie or a live-action one. The craftsmanship that went into ParaNorman was astounding, the film had such a wonderful atmosphere and a distinct look to it. One of my favourite stop-motion animated films is Mary and Max, that had me bawling by the end.
I loved ParaNorman, I think it was my favourite animated film of the year. Stop-motion animation has got to be one of the most painstaking and labour-intensive ways to tell a story, not to discount to amount of work that goes into a CGI-animated movie or a live-action one. The craftsmanship that went into ParaNorman was astounding, the film had such a wonderful atmosphere and a distinct look to it. One of my favourite stop-motion animated films is Mary and Max, that had me bawling by the end. Heartbreakingly beautiful.
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4:28PM on 02/07/2013
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade in the same movie? I think my brain just exploded in pure nerdgasm!

But yeah, I have only respect for the people at Laika. I loved both Coraline and Paranorman (hoping it'll grab the Animated Feature Oscar) and I can't wait to see what they do with this!
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade in the same movie? I think my brain just exploded in pure nerdgasm!

But yeah, I have only respect for the people at Laika. I loved both Coraline and Paranorman (hoping it'll grab the Animated Feature Oscar) and I can't wait to see what they do with this!
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3:45PM on 02/07/2013
Personally I think they should make all kinds of animated movies, from cel to CGI and Stop motion or combinations of the three, if only to preserve or teach the skill to the next generation of animators.
Personally I think they should make all kinds of animated movies, from cel to CGI and Stop motion or combinations of the three, if only to preserve or teach the skill to the next generation of animators.
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2:18PM on 02/07/2013

Paranorman was fantastic

Its hard not to see the high level of intricacy, time and skill that go into projects like Paranorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline... among others. These movies seem to be getting more focused on adult audiences as well, cant wait to see what else this studio can do.
Its hard not to see the high level of intricacy, time and skill that go into projects like Paranorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline... among others. These movies seem to be getting more focused on adult audiences as well, cant wait to see what else this studio can do.
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1:45PM on 02/07/2013
I love stop motion. The dedication people put into these films is incredible. Seriously, one of the best stop-motion films is Fantastic Mr. Fox. I highly suggest it.
I love stop motion. The dedication people put into these films is incredible. Seriously, one of the best stop-motion films is Fantastic Mr. Fox. I highly suggest it.
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1:50PM on 02/07/2013
Fantastic Mr. Fox is not only my favorite stop-motion movies, but one of my all-time favorites, period. Love it.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is not only my favorite stop-motion movies, but one of my all-time favorites, period. Love it.
1:43PM on 02/07/2013
I'm there. Bring it...
I'm there. Bring it...
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