The Boxtrolls is the new film from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman. That should be all you need to hear, right? The film just did a panel at Comic Con that had people in tears, plus they launched a wonderfully unique marketing campaign!
The Boxtrolls is based on a novel called Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, who also wrote the screenplay. The Boxtrolls are a scary-looking but good-hearted community, who have raised an orphan named Eggs as their own. He lives in their underground world until a villain named Archibald Snatcher tries to exterminate them. Then it is up to Eggs to go above ground and fight for them, while collecting a more traditionally-raised fiend named Winnifred. Eggs is voiced by Bran Stark himself, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Snatcher is played by Ben Kingsley, and Elle Fanning is Winnifred. We’re slightly excited about this film. It looks like everything we love about Laika’s films squished into one wonderfully gross movie. Oh, and Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Richard Ayoade are voices, too.
The film’s panel featured directors Travis Knight and Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and Sir Ben Kingsley. Travis Knight managed to work in a burn on Dreamworks (“We don’t write farts into our movies. We’re not Dreamworks.”) and the whole panel sent a get well text to Tracy Morgan, who also does a voice in the film.
The Boxtrolls panel at SDCC was only part of their presence though—even better was the Boxtrolls Food Truck!
Unfortunately, the Boxtrolls have a very particular diet, and in case you could tell what Mepstead-Wright was sharing with his friend in the above image, well….it’s bugs. A wide variety of bugs, in festive kebab format.
If you’re at the con, I highly recommend bugs for lunch. The Boxtrolls comes out September 26th!