Delightful animated fantasy The Boxtrolls from stop-motion masters Laika, the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman, is stuffed full of quirky details, bizarre characters and cockeyed humour, not to mention mild thrills and spills, and a cheering message about tolerance. The setting is the comically grotesque Victorian town of Cheesebridge, where social-climbing villain Archibald Snatcher (voiced with Dickensian relish by Ben Kingsley) has persuaded the locals that the weird but harmless underground-dwelling Boxtrolls are dangerous child stealers. Raised by the Boxtrolls, young orphan Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) knows better and strives with his new friend Winnie (Elle Fanning) to foil Snatcher and his ethically confused henchmen’s extermination plan.
Certificate PG. Runtime 90 mins. Director Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Universal Pictures UK.