Arriving in theaters, The Boxtrolls will introduce us to the posh Victorian-era town of Cheesebridge, a cheese-obsessed society that exists on the cobblestone streets, set above the sewer-dwelling Boxtrolls, the foul monsters who lurk beneath the surface of the town, occasionally snatching up children. Ok, probably not really, but so goes the legend, according to the cheese-eaters above ground. This 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid could be Laika’s next winner to follow in the footsteps of ParaNorman and Coraline.

The story follows an orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who was raised by the Boxtrolls and grew up following in their footsteps, dumpster-diving and scouring for junk with the rest of them. Ben Kingsley voices the villainous Archibald Snatcher, a man determined to secure himself a place in Cheesebridge society by eradicating the town of the Boxtrolls. Between the premise and setting, which are based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters, added to Laika’s developing reputation for quality storytelling set behind fantastic stop-motion animation, we’re hoping The Boxtrolls turns out to be Laika’s next instant classic.

Release Date: September 26, 2014

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