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The Boxdrolls

The Boxdrolls
Starring:
voices of:  Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris and Nick Frost


Rated: PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: September 28, 2014 Released by: Focus Features

Welcome to Cheesebridge, home to the Boxtrolls and their cavernous underground domain. Overall, this is a quite entertaining family film which children and adults will enjoy.
 
The tale is engaging enough, and the vocal characterizations, especially by Ben Kingsley as Archibald Snatcher are first rate. The downside is, it's no The Nightmare Before Christmas or Corpse Bride. At times, The Boxtrolls felt more like an homage to Tim Burton, which is not such a bad thing.
 
Stop motion animation is really cool, but seriously time consuming. Instead, I wish more time had been spent on developing a truly original script.
 
The Boxtrolls storyline is similar to many other animated movies of the past. It will never withstand the test of time, or rise to the level of a Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King. For the present moment however; it will keep your kids occupied for an hour and forty minutes.

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