Laika and Focus Features, the studios that brought animated standouts Coraline
into being, are at it again. This time they are teaming up to adapt Here Be Monsters!,
a young readers fantasy novel written and illustrated by Alan Snow, originally published in the U.K. in 2005.
The pedigree of the filmmakers is impressive. Co-directing the feature will be Anthony Stacchi, a co-director of Open Season, and Graham Annable, a story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman. Equally impressive is the voice cast. Ben Kingsley is joined by Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark on Game of Thrones), Jared Harris (Fringe) and Tracy Morgan.
And then it gets kind of fun because Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade are also cast in the film. I get that same warm and fuzzy feeling when I heard that The League of Gentlemen were lending their voices for Vogons in Hitchhiker's.
The film will combine stop-motion and CG imagery. A release date of October 17, 2014, has been set. Here's the official synopsis from the press release:
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable
that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with
wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its
charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who
crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold
most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that's the
legend residents have always believed.
In truth, the Boxtrolls are an
underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs
who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells.
The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Mr.
Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and
mechanical junk-collecting own.
When the Boxtrolls are targeted by
villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Mr. Kingsley), who
is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society,
the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge
and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Ms. Fanning) to bridge two worlds
amidst the winds of change - and cheese.
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