The Box­trolls

Mak­ing good use of the things that they find

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Re­lease Date: 26 Jan­uary

2014 | PG | Blu- ray 3D & Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tors: Gra­ham Annable, An­thony Stac­chi Cast: Ben Kings­ley, Isaac Hemp­stead Wright, Elle Fan­ning, Jared Har­ris, Nick Frost

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stu­dio be­hind Co­ra­line – and thus filmed in gor­geous stop­mo­tion – The Box­trolls is a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing adventure fea­tur­ing a race of crea­tures kids will love to bits. The Box­trolls live un­der the streets of the lit­tle town of Cheese­bridge and emerge at night to col­lect all the in­ter­est­ing rub­bish they can find. The cit­i­zens, rather than see­ing them for the use­ful re­cy­clers that they are, are ter­ri­fied, par­tic­u­larly since the Box­trolls once ap­par­ently stole a baby…

That baby is now a lit­tle boy named Eggs ( Isaac Hemp­stead Wright), who gets pally with the mayor’s daugh­ter ( Elle Fan­ning) just as her dad’s rule is threat­ened by the nasty Archibald Snatcher ( Ben Kings­ley). Snatcher wants to run things and, to get the towns­folk on his side, launches a cam­paign to round up the Box­trolls. Boo! Hiss!

The voice cast are per­fect, with Richard Ayoade in par­tic­u­lar pro­vid­ing gig­gles as a thought­ful hench­man. The pro­duc­tion de­sign is beau­ti­fully gothic, there are laughs by the buck­et­load and the an­i­ma­tion is ut­terly di­vine. Witty, sweet and cute, you’ll love The Box­trolls as much as a cat loves an empty box.

On the Blu- ray ( rated): com­men­tary by the di­rec­tors; six an­i­matic se­quences ( with com­men­tary, 19 min­utes); a five- part be­hind- the- scenes piece ( 33 min­utes); six short fea­turettes. On DVD: nada. Meg Wilde The film is based on Here Be Mon­sters!, a book by Alan Snow. He once made tea for Tears For Fears ( as a stu­dio tech­ni­cian).

The Happy Mon­days au­di­ence were weary but contented.

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