So I was preparing to do my stand-ups for “The Boxtrolls” when lo and behold, Fish, scared the bejeesus out of me! And I laughed out loud!
Offiical “The Boxtrolls” Synopsis:
A family event movie from the creators of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" that introduces audiences to a new breed of family - The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family. Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable. (C) Focus
• Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Eggs
• Elle Fanning as Winnie Portley-Rind
• Ben Kingsley as Archibald Snatcher
• Toni Collette as Lady Portley-Rind
• Jared Harris as Lord Portley-Rind
• Nick Frost as Mr. Trout
• Richard Ayoade as Mr. Pickles
• Tracy Morgan as Mr. Gristle
• Simon Pegg as Herbert Trubshaw
• Dee Bradley Baker as Fish, Wheels, Bucket
• Steven Blum as Shoe, Sparky
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Back in July, I was invited to visit Laika in Portland, OR for “The Boxtrolls!” And let me tell ya, I’ve visited most animation studios but none can compare to the wonders of Laika! I mean, they have carpenters! They make physical things! Not just digital computers and a click of the mouse! So that was a great opportunity that I will cherish forever! But I will also cherish meeting Laika’s main guy, head animator and CEO, Travis Knight, and Isaac Hempstead Wright, the “Game of Thrones” actor who voices Eggs in “The Boxtrolls.” He is such a great and wise young gentleman and I had a fun interview with the actor. Take a look!
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The inclusion of Sir Ben Kingsley as the voice of the villain, Archibald Snatcher, adds gravitas to “The Boxtrolls.” How did he prepare for the role? You will be surprised and intrigued why he chose to add physicality to voicing his character. Take a look!
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I love, love, love Elle Fanning! She’s sweet, smart, and growing up to become a fantastic actress! I’ve talked to her before in “Super 8” and “Somewhere” and I was surprised to see her all grown-up and tall! In “The Boxtrolls,” she voices the role of the feisty brat with a great heart, Winnie! See how she prepared for the role, and what’s in store for her!
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Anthony Stacchi (L) and Graham Annable (R) collaborated together to create “The Boxtrolls,” a sweet, gothic-infused, stop-motion animated tale about a boy who grew up in the company of boxtrolls. Inspired by the book, Here Be Monsters! By Alan Snow, “The Boxtrolls” is one of the most creative and original animated films this year! Take a look at my fun interview with the directors.
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