Laika Studios is cornering the market on family-friendly monster fun. Their first big film was the uniquely dark “Coraline” that came out in 2009. They then followed up with “Paranorman” which played like an 80s family movie with monsters. So far their endeavors haven’t been overly profitable, but they seem to be sticking to their refreshingly darker tones with their latest film “The Boxtrolls.”
The film, based on the Alan Snow fantasy-novel “Here Be Monsters!”, 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, that’s 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.
Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable are partnering up to direct the feature film. For Stacchi this will represent his first feature length directorial gig. While Annable will mark this as his second film since “Open Season.” However, the two have a considerable amount of experience in the world of animation as they both have worked in the business since the late 80s/early 90s.
“The Boxtroll” stars Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran on “Game of Thrones”) as Egg and Ben Kingsley as the evil exterminator hunting the trolls. Filling out the rest of the cast includes such notable names as Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Elle Fanning. Check out the first trailer below. The film hits theaters on September 26th, 2014.