From Laika, the animation studio that gave us Coraline and ParaNorman, comes The Boxtrolls, a movie that’s been years in the making. Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, it tells the tale of a young orphaned boy who is raised by a group of underground cave-dwelling trash collecting trolls who identify themselves to each other with the cardboard boxes they were.
The boy is called Eggs by the trolls, and he becomes their link to the world above as time goes on. But things start looking bad for them when they are targeted by an evil and ambitious exterminator named Archibald Snatcher, who has spread false rumors around town that these creatures are evil and need to be removed. It is up to Eggs and his newfound human friend Winnie Portley-Rind to stop Snatcher from rendering his troll family extinct.
The press day for The Boxtrolls was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California last week and in attendance were Sir Ben Kingsley and the lovely Elle Fanning. While there, I landed an exclusive interview with them and we spoke about how they came up with the voices for their characters, how Ben’s character here is similar to the one he played in Sexy Beast, how much the animation process informed their performance and more.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch The Boxtrolls as it’s now in theatres!