It’s been a few months since we saw the first teaser for Coraline / ParaNorman studio Laika’s new creature feature, The Boxtrolls, and now a new trailer has arrived.
Well, we say trailer: far from the traditional longer look at the film, it’s actually a mini behind-the-scenes peek at the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into the characters and their world for each stop-motion creation. Then there’s a brief burst of footage.
Adapted from Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters, the film introduces the Boxtrolls, beasties who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge and 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 creatures are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright).
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 also the soul of Cheesebridge.
With Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Ben Kingsley, Nick Frost, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan among the voice talent here, The Boxtrolls certainly looks promising, and the teaser has us wanting to see more of Laika’s trademark stop-motion/CG blend. It’ll be out on September 12, 2014.