The film tells the story of an orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) who was raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collecting trolls called the Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) and Eggs has to save his family from Snatcher.
“The Boxtrolls” are now in your neighborhood! This is a highly energetic story about a young man that is kidnapped as a baby and given to the Boxtrolls. The man that kidnaps him has his own evil scheme. Everyone thinks the Boxtrolls kidnapped him but of course they didn’t. They actually raise him as their own, placing him in a box that says “eggs” on it and he becomes known as “Eggs”, raised mainly by “Fish” and the other Boxtrolls with names like “Bucket” and “Shoes”. Soon “Eggs” is like the rest of them, eating bugs and insects and scavenging what the humans have left outside or in alleys.
The exterminators are out to get them and the Boxtrolls have to be vigilant. The day comes when a young girl named Winifred, known as “Winnie”, becomes friends with Eggs and helps him understand that he is actually not a Boxtroll, but a boy. The boy fears his dad has died, hit in the head by the evil Snatcher when Eggs was kidnapped. But is he truly dead?
There is a lot of cartoon-kind of violence with punching, chasing, characters hit in the head, etc. But none of this is graphic and it is all in good fun. In one scene a character’s eyes are seen peeping through two holes in a large piece of cheese. The characters are delightful and some are creepy and we are recommending the movie for ages twelve plus. The Boxtrolls are unique in every way. Every viewer will be in a creepy world not their own when they watch “The Boxtrolls”.