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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in the family event movie The Boxtrolls. Starring, in voice performance, Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones), and Elle Fanning (Maleficent), the new movie from animation studio LAIKA, the makers of the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, comes to Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet on January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Check out this official trailer to see just a little Boxtrolls awesomeness:
We recently received an advance copy Blu-ray, and I have to admit, the whole family was excited to see this film. It really has something for everyone. Loads of action for the adventure lovers, and insane amounts of cheese for foodies like me. Seriously, I am addicted to cheese, so the fact that my favorite, melty food plays a pretty major part in this movie got some brownie points from me. Cheesy? Perhaps. But that's just how I roll. In all seriousness, though, "The Boxtrolls" is a feel-good movie for the entire family. Kids and adults of all ages will find themselves sucked into the magical world of the Boxtrolls, and will be sad to see this story end. It's really that much fun!
We loved the story, and the heartwarming message it contains. I don't want to give any spoilers, but there is a strong theme of love, togetherness, and the real meaning of family. While this is definitely a feel-good film, it's also got a lot of humor that even the adults can appreciate.
The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack include a Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™.
• Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6x the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
• DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
• DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles and more.
Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack
• PRELIMINARY ANIMATIC SEQUENCES
o Play with Commentary by Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable
o Baby In The Trash
o Eggs In The Underworld
o Man On A Horse
o Trubshaw’s Inventorium
o Cheese Shop
o Tea And Cheese
Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack and DVD
• DARE TO BE SQUARE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BOXTROLLS
o VOICING THE BOXTROLLS
The tremendously talented cast members of The Boxtrolls discuss what it’s like to voice an animated puppet, what each actor brought to his/her role, whether their personalities were similar to their characters, and more.
o INSIDE THE BOX
The directors, producers, and creative supervisor of character fabrication Georgina Hayns share the challenges of crafting characters who are inside abox.
o THE BIG CHEESE: ALLERGY SNATCHER
The directors and producers are joined by Brian McLean, director of Rapid Prototyping, to discuss how the animation studio LAIKA creates the faces for their puppets. The big story here – literally! – is how Snatcher’s face changes shape due to his cheese allergy.
o DECONSTRUCTING THE DANCE
Discover how LAIKA combined traditional stop-motion animation with visual effects in order to create the beautiful ballroom dance sequence – and how costume designer Deborah Cook met the challenge of creating costumes that could flow during a dance scene.
o THINK BIG: THE MECHA DRILL
Standing 5 feet tall and weighing over 75 pounds, the Mecha-Drill is the largest stop motion puppet/prop ever created by LAIKA. Follow its creation from design to completion.
You can purchase "The Boxtrolls" wherever DVDs are sold. You can also find this fun-filled title on Amazon.
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