Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Boxtrolls

The Gist: A group of very inventive and friendly trolls live underground and love to scour the town's trash for raw materials for their inventions. Unfortunately, an unscrupulous exterminator has decided to vilify them in order to advance his social status. A human child the Boxtrolls adopted as an infant will be their best hope at redemption and salvation.

I was looking forward to watching The Boxtrolls and wasn't disappointed. Nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, it's stop-motion animation of the highest order, powered by an original story that is both funny and charming.

I was blow away by the short scene at the very end, when the camera pulls back to reveal the set and the artists at work, as they position and reposition the small figurines currently on screen. It clearly shows the incredible amount of precision work that goes into making a movie such as this. Hours and hours of painstakingly repositioning and filming of each moving object.

The Bottom Line: I would absolutely recommend this movie to anyone, young and not-so-young. It's a very well made movie with an important message of inclusion and acceptance that we should all heed.

Grade: 8

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