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Cheesebridge is 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, 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 to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change -- and cheese.
Animated Adventure - This stop-motion animated adventure/fantasy/comedy isn't as dark as
the previous two films from the LAIKA studio, but it still has some
images and situations that may be intense for very young kids. But
most families will find it to be safe viewings for those 8 and up.
PROFANITY: None. SEX/NUDITY: Brief bare buttocks of creatures in a non-sexual context. VIOLENCE: Hits and falls, often played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: Chases, explosions, destruction. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, silly slapstick and sight gags.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "The Boxtrolls" is a beautiful example of the potential in LAIKA's stop-motion approach, and the images onscreen are tactile and layered. But, as always, it's the story that really matters, and the story told here is funny, ugly, poignant and true.
USA TodayFull Review Good Once you get past Kiddie Fare 101, though, the latest stop-motion effort from the acclaimed studio Laika is a delectable treat that balances themes of identity and class warfare with Monty Python-style political skewering, quirky humor and dairy jokes.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Above Average The script lacks the wit of Wallace & Gromit — even the trolls groan at a giant cheese named the Briehemoth — and never sinks its teeth into the twisted fantasy of its premise. But voicing the putrid villain Archibald Snatcher (who's modeled as either a tribute or an insult to actor Timothy Spall), Ben Kingsley gives the funniest performance of his career.
NY PostFull Review Average A lot of kids will be put off by both the creepy faces of many of the characters and the creeping pace of the plot, which hums along like a British drizzle until the final act. A couple of mild secrets are revealed to no great effect...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 28 moviegoers:
Unfortunately, we weren't able to collect very many reviews but it's clear that the kids felt "The Boxtrolls" was a great movie! The adult reviews are mediocre, but there really aren't enough of them to be very accurate.
a community of quirky,
mischievous, fantastical creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy, Eggs
(voiced by Isaac
Hempstead Wright), since infancy in the amazing cavernous home they've built
beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge. They live a happy and
harmonious existence away
from society; the posh Victorian-era town's residents are obsessed with wealth,
class, and fine - but
stinky - cheeses. Lord Portley-Rind (Jared Harris), the de facto mayor, rules
the roost with
his snobbish elite crony men in White Hats. Like everyone else, he believes the
scary stories about the
Boxtrolls that have been spread far and wide for over a decade by the villainous
(Ben Kingsley). Determined to be accepted into the White Hats, Snatcher has
imprisoned genius inventor and Boxtrolls friend Herbert Trubshaw (Simon Pegg)
leading a gang known as the Red Hats to capture all the Boxtrolls. The Red Hats
include the relentless
Mr. Gristle (Tracy Morgan), the awkward Mr. Pickles (Richard Ayoade),
and the stolid Mr. Trout (Nick Frost).
While keeping their community together underground, the humans' trash becomes
treasure. The Boxtrolls wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their
kindhearted band of tinkerers also dumpster-dive and collect mechanical junk
which they transform into
magical inventions. But with his Boxtrolls family increasingly at risk because
of Cheesebridge citizens
misunderstanding them and because of Snatcher's dangerous scheme, Eggs must
venture above ground,
"into the light," where he meets and teams up with another 11-year-old, the
fabulously feisty Winnie
(Elle Fanning) - Lord Portley-Rind's daughter. Together, Eggs and Winnie devise
daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from Snatcher, embarking on an adventure with
madcap antics and
open hearts which proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes - even