THE BOXTROLLS to point up what we've been missing. In it, the co-writers (Irene Brignull and Adam Pava, from the novel by Alan Snow titled Here Be Monsters!) and co-directors (Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, shown below at ComicCon, with Mr. Stacchi on the left) join forces to create a world we've never experienced -- in a style we've not seen in quite this same manner.
Coraline and ParaNorman, it possesses its own special look and color palette. Best of all, it creates its own place and time and then plops you down in the middle of this and almost immediately makes you feel at home as a part of it.
Louis Quinze or some such) in which the citizens are divided into the rich and poor, and in which a race of trolls have taken to living underground and hiding in boxes -- hence the movie's title. A nasty exterminator -- who has convinced the citizens that these trolls are dangerous, blood-letting monsters out to steal all their children -- has vowed to destroy the trolls.
Sir Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Jared Harris voice the leads, with the funny supporting roles taken by Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Richard Ayoade.
Focus Features and running 96 minutes, it opens this Friday nationwide.