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Friday, 3 October 2014

The Boxtrolls Review

From the makers of Coraline and Paranorman the Laika brings us another inventive and extremely imaginative story about a boy who the people of Cheesebridge believes was kidnapped and eaten by the boxtrolls that live underground wearing yes you guessed it boxes for clothes.
However, what the makers have cleverly done is made the characters think that this happened as well as the audience when in fact the boy's father who was a brilliant inventor told the trolls who had become his friends to take care of his son because he knew that he was going to be horribly killed the actual monster of the piece.
The themes rest heavily on who people perceive as monsters by their appearances and having the closed mindedness to believe rumours that are an interpretation of what actually happened.
I loved the Victorian style of the characters and the setting was immensely gothic and rich in its context and the visual images of the town and its architecture.
The main character of Eggs who believes he is a troll is very sweet and a empathic quality that you can't help but connect with and admire his kindness and open mind.
The animation style that Laika produces is one of my favourites with the big bodies and skinny limbs and the intrinsic detail of the characters and their physicality continues to amaze me.
A heartwarming, creative, unique, gothic and inspiring piece of storytelling that should continue to grow and build on its talents and imaginative interpretations of real stories that can amaze and bring some light to people's lives.

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