Stop-motion wunderstudio Laika‘s latest film, The Boxtrolls, hits the DVD/Blu-Ray market today. You should see The Boxtrolls (if you haven’t already, that is). It’s sweet, it’s extremely strange and its tremendous stop-motion visuals are more than worth whatever viewing fees might be required up front. But if there’s been one complaint I found in this tale of boy, girl, cheese and an army of cardboard-clad trolls, it’d be this: the film suffers from story issues. Well, story “issue,” in the singular. That issue being: The Boxtrolls is the exact same movie as ParaNorman. Before you say anything- yes, there are obvious differences between the two films. ParaNorman is set in the world you and I inhabit, while The Boxtrolls takes place in the fictional quasi-victorian isle of Cheesebridge. ParaNorman deals with witches, ghosts and zombies, while The Boxtrolls‘ one supernatural element hews to the titular trolls. Also, ParaNorman‘s intrepid boy hero is voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee while The Boxtrolls chose a different hyphenated teen actor, Isaac Hempstead-Wright. But dig past the superficial and into the pungent inner layers of The Boxtrolls, and you’ll find that every point the film’s trying to make is a point already made by ParaNorman. And a point better made by ParaNorman. Allow me to explain.