“Coraline” and “ParaNorman” stop-motion animation studio LAIKA have announced “The Boxtrolls,” their third feature project that will once again be released with Focus Features.
The film is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure novel “Here Be Monsters.”
The story is set in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Legend has it that beneath the cobblestone streets dwell foul monsters who steal children and cheeses.
In reality, these ‘Boxtrolls’ are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs, and have raised an orphaned human boy as one of their own.
When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator, the kindhearted tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds.
Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan will all lend their voice talents to the comic fable which is described as a “gripping detective story, absurdist comedy, and steampunk adventure”.
Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable co-direct the project. A nationwide release is scheduled for October 17th 2014.