The Boxtrolls | Film review – Stop-motion masters Laika pull another animated treat out of the box

The Boxtrolls - Eggs

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.

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Certificate PG. Runtime 90 mins. Director Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi.

Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Universal Pictures UK.