Laika, the stop-motion animation outfit responsible for the textured, detailed look of Coraline and ParaNorman, has been downright stingy with preview footage for their latest undertaking, The Boxtrolls; they've promoted the film through a handful of different materials, sure, but while teaching us about different kinds of families, granting insight into the amazing efforts of their creative process, or just having a gas showing off the fruits of their labors, the Laika team has severely held back on elements of story and plot.
But no longer - with the new international trailer for The Boxtrolls, which can be seen above, the studio has finally appended their dazzling stop-motion wizardry to something that vaguely resembles a narrative here. Not that details on The Boxtrolls' basic conceit have been light, mind, but it's nice to see Laika acknowledge that the film has more to it than delightful artistry fueled by bottomless reserves of whimsy; knowing the tale's essentials is one thing, but seeing hints at how they play out on screen is another entirely.
We've known about The Boxtrolls' set-up for quite some time; the film concerns the efforts of young orphan Eggs (Game of Thrones' Isaac Hempstead-Wright) to protect his adopted family of painfully shy, underground-dwelling, trash-collecting trolls from an exterminator (Iron Man 3's Ben Kingsley) obsessed with destroying them. The new clip doesn't entirely spell out that conflict, of course, but it doesn't have to; the images speak for themselves, more or less, while the children's rhyme uttered in voice-over helps establish the film's overarching tone.
In other words, The Boxtrolls looks every bit like a Laika picture, which is to say that if you liked Coraline and ParaNorman (or one and not the other), you're probably going to enjoy The Boxtrolls, too. Depending on how the summer goes, the film could be a much-needed mid-September tonic after the blockbusting season comes to a close; at a glance (or several glances at this point), the film looks like it's infused with all the visual magic one should expect from Laika, and plenty of emotional charm to boot.
There's no such thing as too much good stop-motion animation, either, so while fans of the medium wait with baited breath for updates on Coraline director Henry Selick's latest venture, The Shadow King, The Boxtrolls should prove more than capable at whetting stop-motion appetites. We're about six months away, so there's time yet for Laika to wow us with even more footage, too, but for now, this trailer gives us enough to get excited about on its own.
The Boxtrolls arrives in theaters on September 14th, 2014.
Source: MSN Movies UK