The Boxtrolls: I Went to Visit to Laika’s Studio

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A few months ago the kind people at Laika invited me to their Studios which happen to be located in the Portland, OR area 🙂

Their new film The Boxtrolls which is now OUT 🙂 – I went to see it last weekend and loved it! I highly suggest you see it as well


A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.



  • An animator typically took 1 week to complete 3.7 seconds worth of footage, which is just under 90 individual frames
  • There are 14 different fabrics in Lord Portley-Rind’s white hat
  • The movie’s smallest costumes were for Eggs as a baby: the sweater, measuring 3.5” from cuff to cuff across the length of both arms and chest, and the baby socks measuring 5/8” long
  • The stop-motion flames “burning” in the furnace of the Mecha-Drill are courtesy of a working iPad displaying a loop video inside the “mouth” of the device
  • More than 20,000 props were handmade for the movie
  • 55 different sculpts of prop cheeses were created for “THE BOXTROLLS”
  • The movie’s smallest prop was a tiny sewing thread and needle


The stop animation is AMAZING – there is so much work that is placed into each scene — this is the perfect film to take the family to