To be honest, 2013 was a dark year in animation. After watching the ridiculously awful ‘Frozen’ from the Disney-factory — followed by a couple of weak attempts from other studios — I was ready to give up on modern animation in the US. But thank goodness I was wrong! There is a couple of animated features to look forward to this year! We were mentioning ’The Book of Life’ the other day, praising it’s unique style, and now have to talk about ‘The Boxtrolls’.
Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’, the story follows an orphaned boy who is raised by underground trash collecting creatures.
What’s amazing in ’The Boxtrolls’ that it is a stop-motion animation film made by the fantastic Laika Studio in Portland, Oregon. Being a huge fan of their previous work — ‘Coraline’ and ‘Paranorman’ they are true successors of the classic stop-motion traditions pioneered the likes of George Pal, Ray Harryhausen and many European masters such as Jan Švankmajer. So, for three years, in a huge warehouse in the outskirts of Portland, over 300 craftsmen and women were working with hundreds of puppets and thousands of props, with the most amazing sets I’ve ever seen.
‘The Boxtrolls’ will premiere 26th of September 2014.
P.S. The ‘making of’ trailer (Teaser Trailer #2, third in the row) is a must see!
Images: Focus Features, Laika Entertainment