THE BOXTROLLS are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.
The Boxtrolls is a great family movie. Kids will love the Boxtrolls, the giant machines, the fast paced action scenes, and the hilarity that ensues. Adults will be charmed by the young boy’s quest to save his family and impressed by the skilled claymation.
The plot is pretty predictable and not entirely original but it is well executed and with a not a little darkness. The townspeople, with little evidence, are quick to condemn the Boxtrolls and the town’s nobility are far too concerned with their own status to even care about their children, because what adult ever listens to their kids? Winnie and Eggs must defy the norm in order to stand up for what’s right and bring down an evil plot.
Basically the whole movie’s about defying the norm. The Boxtrolls make an unconventional family, and Eggs is raised in an unusual way. But in the end, family is family no matter what size or shape.
Eggs is impossible not to love, and Winnie is adorably bossy, but my favourite characters where the henchmen who provided a wonderful dialogue about the nature of good and evil and how sometime prejudices can blur what should be easy to see. Plus they provided some good comedy.
FYI – There is a wonderful easter egg scene in the middle of the end credits that is really worth watching.
Recomended as a fun family movie!