‘The Boxtrolls’ Teaser Is an Important Lesson About Families as Well as a Visual Delight


With the current cover of ‘The New Yorker’ sparking online debate as to whether or not it’s appropriate to teach our children about same sex couples, or at least at what age it’s appropriate to start introducing them to the concept, the new trailer for Laika’s next stop-animated motion picture, The Boxtrolls, seems to have come along at just the right time. It takes a stab at the issue itself, and serves as an important reminder that it’s possible to frame messages of tolerance to children in a way that doesn’t need to include addressing issues of sexuality that their tiny, under-formed brains can’t yet comprehend.

But the heartwarming message that families come in all shapes and sizes isn’t the only thing The Boxtrolls has to offer. Oh, no. If you’ve seen the previous two features Laika has produced, Coraline and ParaNorman, then you know that they make beautiful pictures that are so visually dense and have such an attention to detail that they’re able to dazzle the eyeballs as well as reward multiple viewings. And from just this minute long vignette, it’s clear that their latest offering is going to be no different.

Even if you think that animated movies aren’t really your thing, and the whimsy of that little teaser didn’t exactly win you over, it might behoove you to keep in mind that The Boxtrolls is also a film that features a voice cast that includes names like Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan. That’s a small army of funny and talented people, and chances are their involvement alone is going to be enough to make a trip to the theater to see this one worth our while.

There’s no reason to feel any pressure though. The Boxtrolls doesn’t come out until September 26, so we’ve all got plenty of time to mull the issue over.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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