LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The “Boxtrolls” hit the United States this weekend, bringing the cute underground garbage creatures which have already taken their native Britain by storm to the other side of the pond.
The 3D animated fantasy, based on best-selling British children s book “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow, tells the story of a boy brought up by gentle monsters, chased mercilessly by the human townsfolk who live above them.
The Boxtrolls symbolize “any community that is the bottom rung of the ladder,” said the film s producer Travis Knight.
He is also the head of Laika, the studio behind the film, and its predecessors “Coraline” and “Paranorman.”
“They actually look kind of like monsters but… they are actually sweet gentle communities. The real monsters are actually the aristocrats,” added Knight, son of Laika founder and Nike boss Phil Knight.
The Boxtrolls obsession with cheese might seem absurd, but “is it more ridiculous than the stupid things we value?” he asked.
The main character, Eggs, is a little boy brought up by Boxtrolls who live underground, wear cardboard boxes for clothes, eat worms and recycle what humans discard, making all sorts of fantastic contraptions.