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Immersed in Movies: 'The Boxtrolls' Set Visit: Laika Embraces Victorian Steampunk

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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With The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26), Laika tackles its first period piece -- Victorian Steampunk -- as well as its first creature-oriented tale about an orphan boy, Eggs, raised underground by cave-dwelling trash collectors. The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling. And judging by my set visit last year in Portland and footage screened last month, The Boxtrolls is sure to be one of the year's best animated features and a prime Oscar contender.

FINAL TRAILER: Laika's 'The Boxtrolls'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 11, 2014 12:41 PM
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Here's the latest trailer for Laika's latest animated feature, The Boxtrolls. Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, Focus Features will release the stop-motion film on September 26th. Directors Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable led a voice cast which includes Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Tracy Morgan.

TEASER #3: Laika's "The Box Trolls"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 5, 2014 4:42 PM
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Featuring the song (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care performed by Cee Lo Green, the third trailer from Laika's much anticipated stop-motion feature The BoxTrolls.

Is Laika's Creative Loop Real or Imaginary?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • December 8, 2013 8:00 PM
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Our resident critic Charles Kenny ponders the output of Portland-based stop-motion studio, Laika. With three features sharing a similar look and tone - dark and quirky teen horror - Kenny raises the question as to whether Laika is stuck in a creative loop of sorts.

NEW TRAILER: "The Boxtrolls"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 26, 2013 2:00 PM
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Focus has released a unique new trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls. This one plays off the studio's use of stop motion miniature techniques, replacement animation and the hands of the artist. It's a beautiful tribute to the art.