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Laika Unveiling 'The Boxtrolls' at Venice

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 24, 2014 at 9:37PM

Laika. The people behind 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "Paranorman" will soon make their return with "The Boxtrolls." Ahead of their September 26 release, Focus Features will have it premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, screening out of competition.

Laika's "The Boxtrolls"
Laika's "The Boxtrolls"

Laika, the animation house behind 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "Paranorman," is back: promoing Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego, Focus Features release "The Boxtrolls" will premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, out of competition.

Check out the newest trailer -- sporting the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Elle Fanning, and more -- below, as well as a full synopsis:

The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, 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 Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. 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 the soul of Cheesebridge.

This article is related to: Venice Film Festival, Focus Features, Universal/Focus Features

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.