The story to The Boxtrolls is fairly simple. The film plays with several themes and concepts that have been done in a variety of movies; albeit the story to The Boxtrolls was still effective. The thing that hurts story was its pacing. For a film that is 96 minutes, The Boxtrolls has remarkably quick pacing. While it is not a bad thing to have a fast moving plot, the pacing to this movie did not give us a lot of time enjoy the characters and the world itself. Still Boxtrolls revels in simplicity with its enjoyable, yet flawed, story.
The cast of the film were indeed a group of characters. While Eggs may not have been the most
To say the animation to The Boxtrolls was good feels like a mute point, but the animation was indeed spectacular. The stop motion in this film showed how far Laika has come as it was perhaps their smoothest animation yet (at least when it came to the characters' movements). Thanks to the sets and the lights, the animation was only strengthen as it captured the world of The Boxtrolls in a zany atmosphere, Much like the animation, the humor to the film was rather quirky. The movie featured a few comedy bits intended to gross out moviegoers, which on normal occasions, I am not a fan of. However Boxtrolls also featured plenty of clever moments which gave the comedy a lot of dimension. So in the end, this animated film had humor for everyone.
The Boxtrolls may not be Laika's strongest film, but that is not to say this animated flick was bad. The movie had a lot of heart which could be seen in its plot's morals; as well as its characters. With its over the top tone and great visuals,The Boxtrolls was certainly a solid entry for the animation studio; and just a fun time at the movies.