Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

96 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Animation/Adventure/Comedy/Family/Fantasy

This film screened on Sunday 31st May 2015. 

Among the numerous children’s animations released each year, there are a few stand outs such as this weird, fabulous and sometimes spooky affair from Laika Studios (Paranorman and Coraline).

Adapted from the novel There be Monsters, the Boxtrolls are blue-skinned, underground, junk-loving creatures who pick through the rubbish dumps of Cheesebridge. Of course the townspeople aren’t all happy, and terrorising myths are formed, led by white-hat Mayor Lord Portley-Rind. The red-hat Snatcher brigade, meanwhile, hunt for the Boxtrolls nightly, intent on wiping them out. With moments of humour, slapstick, and fear, and a mesmerising ballroom scene, this is a complex, richly imagined animation.

Tickets: €4.80 per person, €14.40 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children /1 adult + 3 children)

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