When we hear “family film,” we really think “movie for kids.” Not this time, though. Laika’s latest stop-animation feature, The Boxtrolls, is a movie with a message … for parents.
The story follows Eggs (voiced by Game of Thrones‘ Isaac Hempstead-Wright), who is orphaned and then adopted by a group of misfit crate-donning boxtrolls. They raise him, nurture him, and the entire family resides underneath the cobblestone streets of Cheesebridge. But when Archibald Snatcher (voiced by Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) decides to capture all the boxtrolls in an attempt to gain entry into the White Hats organization led by mayor Lord Portley-Rind, things take a dark turn for the underground-dwelling trolls.
With the hunt underway, we meet Winnie (voiced by Elle Fanning), the mayor’s daughter and Eggs’ and the trolls’ first human friend. On the outside, what looks like a posh Victorian-era family is really much, much sadder.
Winnie’s father is largely absent and entirely ignores her. Think Eggs was the only abandoned child in the film? Think again.
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