Alamo Kids Camp:
The third time is decidedly not
the charm for the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio Laika (Coraline
). Unlike its two previous releases, The Boxtrolls
feels rough-and-tumble and not as much fun by half, with the simplistic yet convoluted story – of an orphan boy raised by box-wearing, underground-dwelling trolls – falling flat almost from the beginning. In the town of Cheesebridge, a boy named Eggs (Hempstead-Wright) is believed to have been kidnapped and eaten by the trolls beneath town. Lord Portley-Rind (Harris) has hired the Fagin-esque Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley) to exterminate every last one of the boxtrolls, who are revealed to be shy, harmless tinkerers. With characters seemingly created by assembly line, devoid of an essential amount of backstory, it’s hard to care whatever
transpires. Drawn from Brit Alan Snow’s YA novel Here Be Monsters!
, this condensed version doesn’t lack for awful puns. What’s missing is that ineffable animation magic. Read a full review of The Boxtrolls.