New animated feature set for Oct. 17, 2014
Anthony Stacchi (co-director of “Open Season”) and Graham Annable (a “Coraline” story artist) are directing “Boxtrolls” which, like its LAIKA predecessors, will be in 3D and stop-motion animation. David Ichioka and LAIKA topper Travis Knight are producing. Voice cast includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan. “Boxtrolls” takes place in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. The townspeople believe the Boxtrolls crawl out of the sewers at night and steal their children and cheeses, when in reality they’re a cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs. “‘The Boxtrolls’ is a visually dazzling mash-up of gripping detective story, absurdist comedy, and steampunk adventure with a surprisingly wholesome heart,” Knight said. “At its core, like all LAIKA films, ‘The Boxtrolls’ is a moving and human story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance.” As with “ParaNorman” and “Coraline,” Focus will hold worldwide distribution rights, and Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas (with eOne Distribution handling Canada). “ParaNorman” is nominated for a BAFTA and won two Annie Awards last Saturday.