Thursday, 3 July 2014

New trailer and one sheet for The Boxtrolls arrives online

Universal Pictures have recently released their latest trailer and one sheet for first time feature directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's The Boxtrolls.

The film's titular trolls aren't the likeliest of superheroes. After all they live underground and feast on grubs. This latest promo, however, reveals them in all their endearingly mucky glory as they go about their garbage collecting business below their town's cobbled streets, like a cadre of horror Wombles.
The Boxtrolls is also the third feature length outing from the stop-motion wizards at Laika. Like Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012), it promises a meticulously crafted 3D gallivant through a world filled with dark humour and loving lunacy – all seen through a child's point of view.

The story, adapted from Alan Snow's book Here Be Monsters!, introduces the beasties who live underneath the streets of a small, quirky town and crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their kids. At least, that's the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the creatures are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright).

When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous exterminator bent on eradicating them, Eggs must venture above ground to save them, where he teams with an adventurous young girl to save not only the Boxtrolls but also the soul of his hometown. This "steampunk, Victorian, Monty Python-world seemed perfect for the look of stop motion," director Anthony Stacchi told Yahoo! Movies. "You can't ask for better characters to animate in stop motion than guys who live in magical boxes that pop in and out of the top of."

Appearing alongside Game Of Thrones' Hempstead-Wright is a spectacular voice cast that boasts Ben Kingsley (Hugo), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Toni Collette (United States Of Tara), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows), Richard Ayoade (The Watch), Tracy Morgan (Cop Out), Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (The World's End).

The Boxtrolls will arrive in the US on 26 September and 12 September in the UK.

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