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The team behind the standout 3D stop-motion dark fantasy films
PARANORMAN (currently in the running for a Best Animated Feature Oscar) and
CORALINE have announced their latest production—which has some SHAUN OF THE
DEAD talent involved. Read on for the details and the first piece of art.
Fango got the news that Focus Features and LAIKA are
reuniting on THE BOXTROLLS, a 3D stop-motion/CGI hybrid movie that recently
began production, based on Alan Snow’s best-selling novel HERE BE MONSTERS and
targeted for October 17, 2014 release. The story is set in Cheesebridge, a
Victorian-era village preoccupied with wealth, class—and stinky cheeses. A
local legend has it that creatures called the Boxtrolls dwell beneath the
streets, rising from the sewers at night to stead children and cheeses, though
in fact they are friendly beings who have raised a human boy, Eggs (voiced by
Isaac Hempstead-Wright) since he was a baby. When the Boxtrolls are threatened
by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), Eggs must
team with rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) to make peace between the two worlds.
The voice cast also includes Toni Collette, Jared Harris,
Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and SHAUN OF THE DEAD’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
OPEN SEASON’s Anthony Stacchi and CORALINE & PARANORMAN story artist Graham
Annable are directing, with David Ichioka and LAIKA president/CEO Travis Knight
producing. “THE BOXTROLLS is a visually dazzling mash-up of gripping detective
story, absurdist comedy and steampunk adventure with a surprisingly wholesome
heart,” Knight says. “It’s Dickens by way of Monty Python. Tony and Graham have
crafted a strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures,
good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics and rip-roaring feats of derring-do.
But at its core, like all LAIKA films, THE BOXTROLLS is a moving and human
story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance. We’re thrilled to
partner with Focus Features and Universal to bring this remarkable story to
family audiences around the world.”
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