They’re not brave. They’re not pretty. But they’re here again in trailer #3. The Boxtrolls!
LAIKA has done a wonderful job about keeping The Boxtrolls fresh in peoples’ minds. When it seems that we have moved on to something else exciting in the animation world, here comes LAIKA again with another beautiful and engaging trailer.
This trailer starts off with a rhyme, which helps to reinforce the fairy tale aspect of the story (fairy tale in a Grimm’s Fairy Tales sort of way). The rhyme sets up a common misconception about the “beastly” boxtrolls and then introduces us to their true natures:
There is a legend known to all in Cheesebridge,
That when the lights go out and doors are locked tight,
Mysterious creatures emerge from the night.
They’re said to be beastly and colossal in size,
But if you were to actually meet one,
You might be surprised.
They are shy little fellows,
That you might ever meet.
Which is astonishing really as they live just below the street.
We also get a better look at Eggs, the little orphan boy who the boxtrolls take in when he is a baby. It almost reminds me of Mowgli or Tarzan in a way. Eggs grows up and continues to dwell with the boxtrolls, becoming their stalwart defender. The trailer is filled with a lot of new scenes, surprisingly bright colors (for a movie set underground), and a lot of great action.
”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.”
The Boxtrolls hits theatres September 26, 2014.