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The Boxtrolls Review

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The town of Cheesebridge is plagued by mysterious, nocturnal beasties that are said to prey on children and – even more worrying – cheese. But Eggs (Hempstead Wright), the baby they supposedly abducted years before, is healthy and happy and just keen to keep his new friends safe from the terrifying exterminator (Kingsley).

★★★★

Leave cute to other animation studios; Laika’s focused on the grotesque and gruesome. Here, the titular cardboard-wearing critters are childlike, timid and not even the ugliest characters. That honour goes to the humans of Cheesebridge, a town shaped like a wizard’s hat and ruled by myopic cheese connoisseurs, adults streaked blue and red, gouty and cruel as Henry VIII clones. It takes young Eggs (Hempstead Wright), a human raised by Boxtrolls, to discover that the boxtrolls’ reputation has been unfairly maligned and the humans misled, and to bring about a funny, charming and action-packed revolution to clean up his town.

Slapstick and silliness should entertain small children while the adults tackle the nefarious plots. The result is a far more handsome prospect than any of its characters could imagine.

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