With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer and This Is Where I Leave You for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of stop-motion adventures, vigilante thrillers, and family-centric comedies.
The BoxtrollsA young boy raised by subterranean tinkering trolls comes to the surface when his adopted family is threatened by a vicious exterminator. Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, and Richard Ayoade lend their voices. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi direct. Read our review here.
The Boxtrolls is the latest from Laika, which has created a renaissance for stop-motion animation. For more fun and fantastical animated adventures in this medium, check out this trio that offers tales of curses, confusion, and a really big peach!
ParaNorman (2012) Laika's last release centered on Norman, a young boy ostracized for his ability to speak to the dead. But when a witch's curse unleashes zombies on his hometown, Norman and his friends have a unique opportunity to save the day. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi, and Casey Affleck lend their voices. Christ Butler and Sam Fell direct.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) This iconic holiday classic was inspired by a story of Tim Burton's, but brought to life by celebrated animator Henry Selick - who'd later helm Laika's Coraline. In it, Jack Skellington is the undisputed King of Halloween, but even he is subject to ennui. So, the bored beastie decides to hijack someone else's holiday. In order to do this, though, first he must get Santa out of the way. Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara and Paul Rubens lend their voices. Henry Selick directs.
James and the Giant Peach (1996) Selick also directed this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book, which blends live-action and stop-motion. James is a young orphan who is relentlessly tormented by his cruel aunts. But one day, he finds a family and means of escape when a giant peach blooms on the tree in his backyard. Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Jane Leeves, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite and Paul Terry lend their voices.