Oy, The Boxtrolls is just so darn cute and adorable! It was clever, creative, and delicious.
The city of Cheesebridge is home to trolls who take anything that humans leave outdoors and turn them into incredible inventions and works of art. Each troll has his own wardrobe comprised of a box for a product that coincidentally dons his name - so the troll in the shoebox is called "Shoe," and the troll in the fish box is called "Fish." They take in a human baby who they raise as their own, and the legend in the town begins suggesting that Boxtrolls will steal the town's children at night. This gives license for a rich man in town to embark on a campaign to kill all of the Boxtrolls.
Their human child, Eggs, is the hero of the film, and he works to protect his Boxtroll family. He develops a relationship with a young girl, and discovers his humanity through her.
As an aside, there is a particular obsession with cheese in the film, which frankly left me feeling hungry! That cheese is certainly a prized possession of the town and I was ready to help them dig in. That's how great this movie is, even animated cheese looked delicious.
There is an incredible sweetness to The Boxtrolls even though there is plenty of dramatic tension and lots of crazy scenarios. The animation was absolutely breathtaking, and the appearances voiced by Tracy Morgan and Richard Ayoade are both standout characters in the film.
Take a look at the trailer, you'll see a great snippet of the film and why it's so worth seeing: