Trailer Monday: The Boxtrolls

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.

It’s interesting how many trailers have been released for The Boxtrolls.  In addition to the two teaser trailers from earlier in the year there’s now a third teaser trailer and the first full trailer for the film.  These two use a lot of the same footage, but the teaser trailer is shorter and set to Cee Lo’s version of “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care,” originally made famous by Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, a perfect song choice, while the full trailer gives us more of an idea about the film’s story.

The Boxtrolls is set in a town called “Cheesebridge,” with the sort of exaggerated look we’ve come to expect from stop-motion animation.


In this town live the Boxtrolls, creatures who live underground and come out at night in the spooky fashion of classic movie monsters.

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

However, the Boxtrolls are not monsters, but instead inventors who create machines from the garbage they find in the town.  They stumble upon an orphaned boy and take him in, and he shows a propensity for helping with their inventions.

Eggs of the Boxtrolls

They name him Eggs, because of the cardboard egg box they give him to wear, although it doesn’t fit as well once he’s grown up a bit (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright).

Egg of the Boxtrolls

There’s also an evil exterminator (voiced by Ben Kingsley) who wants to eradicate the Boxtrolls, going so far as to build some sort of giant contraption to help destroy them.

Archibald Snatcher

Eggs one day meets a girl, Winnie (Elle Fanning), who attempts to return him to human society and helps to try to teach him the appropriate social graces required to blend in, including shaking hands when you meet someone.

Shaking Hands

Clearly it doesn’t go over particularly well.


It seems that at some point Eggs will reveal himself to the town, making a speech in support of the Boxtrolls and of encouraging them to stand up for themselves and no longer be afraid.

Inspirational Speech

To at least one Boxtroll this means removing his box (and showing off his underwear).

No more box!

In all, The Boxtrolls looks like a fun, sweet, cute, funny film, perfectly in keeping with Laika’s other films, Coraline and ParaNorman.  The Boxtrolls themselves are adorable, in their mannerisms, attitudes, voices and design.

Scared Boxtroll

Laika has never let me down before with one of their films, so I’m definitely looking forward to The Boxtrolls.  It has a voice cast that includes those I mentioned above plus Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Tracy Morgan.  The Boxtrolls is only a few months away, heading to theaters at the end of September.

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to The Boxtrolls?  Are you a fan of stop-motion animation?  Do you think that 3 teaser trailers is too many?  Are you happy to finally see a full trailer that gives a sense of the plot?  Can Laika make 3 great movies in a row?  Let me know in the comments!

The Boxtrolls Logo

2 thoughts on “Trailer Monday: The Boxtrolls

  1. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it… though I was pretty sure it was stop motion, not CG.

    Ohhhhhhhh, ParaNorman and Coraline.

    Now those were good, so i expect great stuff from this too. great, quirky, non conformist, non Hollywood, non formula stuff.

    Carry on and stop motion.


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