Even when you have seen all the behind the scenes features and you know exactly how they put a movie like this on the screen, there still seems to be some real magic making it all come to life in front of your eyes. The level of detail that went into the design of this film is hard to even fathom. Take all the technical mastery away and you still have a charming little story at the center.
a very well aestheticized stop motion animation with a narrative that preaches tolerance and a rebellion against white supremacy but unfortunately reinforces these things due to its depiction of the boxtrolls, which are reminiscent of racial propaganda and stereotypes, akin to nazi germany's depiction of jews and america's depiction of blacks and mexicans
Character design and stop motion techniques are amazing - YES - but what about the necessity to introduce action frenesi in every single animation for kids nowadays? The climax is so expected it's not a climax anymore. I just can't stand these big finales cinema is shoving down our throats. It's a shame: if it had stayed in this crazy world they build, it could be huge.
the way they created the characters is just crazy. some of the really detailed frames make me want to cry. and Richard Ayoade talking on the first half of post credits!!! the story is simple but they created such a beautiful world here. it's such a shame that some people can't appreciate a good stop motion film like this.
In subterranean terms, there's not a whole lot going on (so stop weighing down the entertainment value with non-existent politics). But at surface-level, this is a beautiful, grotesque, and imaginative world. The human characters are wonderfully weird, disgusting, and cheese-obsessed, while the trolls are a well-balanced mixture of cute and horrid. Complete with fantastic performances (notably that of Sir Kingsley).