The Boxtrolls

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  • Summary: In the village of Cheesebridge, a Victorian-era berg obsessed with wealth, class and stinky fine cheeses, Eggs, a young orphan boy raised by the Boxtrolls, a lovable group of underground cave-dwelling trash collectors, tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher,In the village of Cheesebridge, a Victorian-era berg obsessed with wealth, class and stinky fine cheeses, Eggs, a young orphan boy raised by the Boxtrolls, a lovable group of underground cave-dwelling trash collectors, tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher, with the help of a wealthy local girl named Winnie. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Catherine Bray
    Aug 31, 2014
    100
    I can't remember the last time I saw a family animation so visually rich, tightly scripted and charmingly performed which was also built on a sound and progressive message.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Sep 26, 2014
    88
    It's gloriously inventive, wonderfully funny, and gorgeous to look at, the screen filled with sometimes overwhelming detail.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sep 25, 2014
    80
    The movie has its political-parable aspect, with malevolent forces convincing both the 1% and the 99% that they have reasons to fear the other. But The Boxtrolls is mainly a delight for the sharp eye and the capricious mind.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Sep 24, 2014
    67
    The script lacks the wit of "Wallace & Gromit."
  5. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    Set it against the shiny blandishments that have passed for family fun this season, and it starts to look vaguely radical.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 27, 2014
    50
    The Boxtrolls remains relentlessly busy up through its final credits, and it's clever in a nattering way. But it's virtually charmless.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 24, 2014
    20
    The Boxtrolls feels rough-and-tumble and not as much fun by half.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    A masterpiece. I can't understand why this doesn't have a perfect critical score. So funny and smart and beautiful to look at. Really lovedA masterpiece. I can't understand why this doesn't have a perfect critical score. So funny and smart and beautiful to look at. Really loved it. I love that movies for children are evolving in the substance of their messages. Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2015
    9
    This 3D stop motion animated film is for children, although some parts of it might give the kids bad dreams, even though all's well that endsThis 3D stop motion animated film is for children, although some parts of it might give the kids bad dreams, even though all's well that ends well. The viewer is enticed by a richly dark vision of the streets of London circa late 1800's, when the townsfolk were undereducated, vulgar, and easily seduced by myths, superstitions, and local legends. There are well-defined class strata characterized by the aristocracy, who eat the finest cheese in the town of Cheesebridge and who wear white hats, and the working class shmegegges, who speak a thick brogue, are quick to initiate witch hunts, and wear the inferior red hats. At the center of their low-class hysteria is the knowledge that the town is infested with little monsterlike trolls who live in the sewers and who are said to snatch children and valuables; the trolls are purported to have once eaten an abducted baby. The little monsters have no clothes, and they hide their nakedness by wearing boxes around the midriff, taking their Christian names from whatever product appears on the box labels—hence, Fish, Oilcan, Wheels, and Shoe, among others. The boxes have a dual function because at any time they can hunker down and snap the lid closed in order to hide in plain sight, which they do whenever they feel threatened or scared. They speak a funny alien language understood by only one human, Eggs (Isaac Hampstead Wright), the baby they abducted but did not eat; in fact, they lovingly raised the child as their own, having abducted him only to rescue him from a malevolent force.

    Back in town the aristocratic mayor, Lord Portley-Rind (Jared Harris), feels that the boxtrolls are vermin who have to be exterminated. The trolls are safe in their underground lair by day, but by night they emerge to rifle through garbage cans for interesting odds and ends that they use for a surprising purpose—they are in fact brilliant engineers. Their underground cavern has a ferris wheel, fantastic gadgets, and they have strung the roof of the cavern with light bulbs that mimic the stars in the night sky. The trolls are a loving community of harmless little imps, so ugly that they are almost cute. They snack on ladybugs, their favorite meal. But a menace is at work in the land of the humans, as the mayor enlists the help of a ruthless businessman named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) to use his mobile contraption to wipe out the trolls. It is a long and arduous process that goes on for almost ten years. As the troll population dwindles, Eggs turns 10 and begins to understand that he is different from the trolls, a human who tragically lost his parents as a baby. He becomes an advocate for his surrogate troll parents, and it is his destiny to save the trolls from extinction. In the process, he meets the mayor's daughter, who befriends him and supports his mission, little Winnie (Elle Fanning).

    Snatcher longs to trade in his red hat for a white hat, the equivalent of ditching his Honda Civic and buying a Ferrari, a goal he will attain if he wipes out all the boxtrolls. In Cheesebridge, another symbol of ultimate class is having the luxury of eating the finest cheese at cheese-tasting parties. The mayor spends many tax dollars on acquiring the world's best cheeses, even if it means canceling the plans for a children's hospital. Ironically, Snatcher aspires to this cheese-loving elite even though he is violently allergic to cheese, which causes his face to become dangerously swollen.

    Snatcher's henchmen are the ones who have to actually take the adorable monsters by surprise and capture them as the trolls sit helplessly shaking with terror in their little boxes. The trolls are as innocent and as playful as pups, and Snatcher's henchmen become vaguely aware of this dilemma as they continue their roundup. They have been convinced that the trolls are evil and that humans are good, and that it is for the good of human civilization that all trolls should be exterminated. In reality, Snatcher postpones killing the trolls and takes them back to his factory where he employs their engineering skills through forced labor, a bit like a concentration camp. The henchmen gradually become more and more uncomfortable with their reign of terror and their Gestapo tactics, as they begin to glean the true nature of the trolls, and it is up to Eggs to save the day.

    The children may end up having nightmares, nevertheless the film is an interesting child's morality play on the nature of good and evil, as well as a subtle commentary on racism, antisemitism, and intolerance.
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  3. Apr 11, 2015
    9
    The Boxtrolls es una de esas películasde animación disfrutables y que son bastante adecuadas para los niños.

    Esta película nos demuestra y
    The Boxtrolls es una de esas películasde animación disfrutables y que son bastante adecuadas para los niños.

    Esta película nos demuestra y es otro ejemplo deque Laika Entermainent nos ofrece trabajos de animación de calidad (ya que están también Paranorman, Coraline, Corpse Bride), y ya este es otro trabajo de esta empresa hecho en Stop-Motion, que resulta entretenido, carismático, divertido y que tiene un diseño de arte muy realista y bien hecho, que hacen de este film un placer para la vista.
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  4. Dec 29, 2014
    7
    3.5/5★ Pixar, Disney and Studio Ghibliy all have a unique style and content. Laika, a stop-motion animation studio, has branded itself as the3.5/5★ Pixar, Disney and Studio Ghibliy all have a unique style and content. Laika, a stop-motion animation studio, has branded itself as the studio with movies that explore the darker aspects of human nature. Films like Coraline (a personal favorite) and ParaNorman explore themes that aren't Disney bright or Pixar precious. The Boxtrolls, Laika's newest film, is a continuation of that direction. There are truly awful people, a sense of unbalance(The henchmen have a continuing philosophical discussion as to the dubious nature of their activities) and there are no cutesy creatures to delight the eyes- if anything, The Boxtrolls are anti-cute.
    The amount of detail is fantastic, almost to the point of distraction, but the story is a little weak and there's a lot of social class commentary under the surface that can be too obvious.
    Verdict: Watchable.
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  5. Sep 27, 2014
    7
    The Boxtrolls has many of the hallmarks of the previous films; bizarre angles, strange-looking characters, and a kind of fearlessness, anThe Boxtrolls has many of the hallmarks of the previous films; bizarre angles, strange-looking characters, and a kind of fearlessness, an ability to gaze at darkness head-on. Expand
  6. WJS
    Jul 18, 2015
    7
    Laika Studio proves itself to be the "Anti-Disney" with this beautifully rendered but somewhat dark tale of creatures that lurk in the dark.Laika Studio proves itself to be the "Anti-Disney" with this beautifully rendered but somewhat dark tale of creatures that lurk in the dark. It's not really all that family friendly as it proves to be kind of scary (even disgusting), at times, but it's quite well voiced by a stellar cast. It doesn't have the charms of "ParaNorman" because of its darker side, but it's still entertaining Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2016
    0
    I saw this movie in cinemas with a family member and I regret going. I thought this movie was terrible very boring. I don't think any kidI saw this movie in cinemas with a family member and I regret going. I thought this movie was terrible very boring. I don't think any kid should see this movie. I'm very disappointed. I thought some scenes of the movie weren't necessary. It didn't have much of a fun story. But if you are going to see it warning some scenes are dark.
    Dont get this movie its very disappointing. WORST movie I've ever seen!
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