ByTheodore Donald Kerabatsos, writer at
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So, the first teaser for The Boxtrolls has emerged, and I'M EXCITED.

Now, I'm sceptical about teasers - they can be beautifully crafted, but tell you zilch. The film could be a classic, a middling 50% Rotten Tomatoes type or a downright stinker. But, The Boxtrolls's is giving me confidence.

First of all, it's made by Laika. Behind 2009's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman, these stop-motion animation guys are one film away from a trio of classics. In fact, it looks suspiciously like the start of a early 2000's Pixar homerun for the studio (prior to THAT automobile franchise). Second of all, it looks distinctly inspired. Check out the teaser below:

That's a tiny teaser, but I'm already a full-blooded advocate for The Boxtrolls. Charm is in full abundance here, and the animation looks sublime. AND, there's a same-sex couple in there! They may not be main characters, and I'm in no way expecting this film to be a a diatribe on gay rights, but it's refreshing none the less. Come September 26th, you'll be finding me in Cheesebridge.

Here's a synopsis for your perusal:

The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous exterminator who is bent on eradicating them, Eggs must venture aboveground to save them, where he teams with an adventurous young girl to save not only the Boxtrolls but the soul of Cheesebridge.

Anyone else finding these sewer-dwelling box creatures to be the best thing ever? And already a vehement nemesis of those pesky overground creatures after their blood? I certainly am! Shout off in the comments below!


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