The animation studio Laika has the whole world in their hands in second trailer for their upcoming release, The Boxtrolls. It will be quite the underdog story with The LEGO Movie, Big Hero 6, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 out next year. Watch the trailer after the break and see if you think it stands a chance.
These kinds of animated pictures are always so captivating in how they can create full feature length films one frame at a time. It’s admirable and mind boggling how these animators have the patience to create such brilliant pieces of work. Coraline is pretty great, and Paranorman was OK, but regardless, Laika is killing it in the stop motion animation realm.
Directors Graham Annable (story artist for ParaNorman) and Anthony Stacchi (co-director of Open Season and story artist for Antz are relatively unknown, but based on what we’ve seen thus far, The Boxtrolls looks like it has a pretty interesting story to tell. It’s fascinating to see the world of stop motion animation from behind the scenes because we rarely see that many created these days. Most animated features are done on computers and that would be pretty boring to watch. So it’s nice to get a sneak peak behind the scenes in this trailer. It’s refreshing.
Here is the official plot synopsis for The Boxtrolls, courtesy of Apple Trailers:
The new 3D animated feature from LAIKA Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous exterminator who is bent on eradicating them, Eggs must venture aboveground to save them, where he teams with an adventurous young girl to save not only the Boxtrolls but the soul of Cheesebridge.
If you ask me, that’s a pretty heavy plot for an animated feature that presents itself as light and lovable.
The Boxtrolls hits theaters on September 26, 2014
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Source: The Boxtrolls Official YouTube