In June 2008, Laika unveiled a slate of projects in development, among which was also an animated feature film adaptation of Snow's novel. In early February 2013, Laika announced that the adaptation would be their next 3D stop motion feature, under the title The Boxtrolls, with Stacchi and Annable set to co-direct, and set for an October 17, 2014 release date. Laika CEO Travis Knight noted that the biggest challenge of the film was to condense a five hundred and fifty-page novel down to a ninety-minute film. Initially the film focused on all five species of creatures found in the original book, but Knight noted that the script "ultimately was hollow" with all the monsters noting "It didn't really have anything to say." The team ended up focusing on the film as Knight thought "there was something that was really compelling about that group of characters". In May 2013, the release date was pushed forward to September 26, 2014. In early December 2013, composer Dario Marianelli was hired to score the film.
The film features the voice talents of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg, Nika Futterman, Pat Fraley, Maurice LaMarche, and Brian George. Amusingly created characters and performances thanks to both the animators and the talented voice cast. The puppetry is impressive-the trolls and humans are a feast for the eyes-and the stop-motion is fluid
Simon says The Boxtrolls receives:
Also, see my review for ParaNorman.