Are you ready for some stop-motion magic this fine afternoon? The first trailer for “The Boxtrolls” has crept out of hiding, and it’s freaking adorable.
Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is an oddly named boy who was raised by the Boxtrolls that live under the streets of Cheesebridge. You might ask yourself, what the heck is a boxtroll? Well, it is a troll that lives in a box, dummy, and they’re actually pretty cool and helpful because they collect trash and make it into all sorts of neat stuff. Plus, they rescued a human baby and raised him! Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) doesn’t really know that he’s not a boxtroll, but his new pal Winnie (Elle Fanning is showing him the ropes. And just in time, too, because there’s a nasty man named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) who wants to destroy them all.
The theme of outsiders finding their place in an unfriendly world is a familiar one for the crazy talented animators at Laika. They brought us “Coraline,” by Henry Selick, and 2012’s “ParaNorman,” an Oscar nominee that quietly slipped in some good stuff about bullying and not judging a dude by his jockiness. We expect “The Boxtrolls,” which is based on the book “Here Be Monsters!” by Alan Snow, to be equally exciting visually and thematically.
Plus, the voice actors include Simon Pegg, Nick Frost (“The World’s End,” “Attack the Block”) and the fabulous Richard Ayoade (writer/director of “The Double” and “Submarine”).
“The Boxtrolls” come rolling into theaters on September 26.