Focus Features to release ‘ParaNorman’ studio LAIKA’s third film, ‘The Boxtrolls’

By Daniel S Levine,

Focus Features and animation studio LAIKA announced today that they are teaming up for the third time to release The Boxtrolls, LAIKA’s next film.

In an official statement, LAIKA said that Focus will hold worldwide distribution for the film. Universal Pictures International will distribute overseas. eOne Distribution will release the film in Canada.

The Boxtrolls follows LAIKA and Focus’ success with Coraline in 2009 and ParaNorman in 2012. Both films have been nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

Like those previous films, The Boxtrolls is another stop-motion animated film. This one will also feature computer graphics and is directed by Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) and Graham Annable (who worked on LAIKA’s previous films). It is based on Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters.

The all-star cast includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan.

LAIKA CEO Travis Knight called the film “Dickens by way of Monty Python” and praised the directors for creating a “strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures, good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do. But at its core, like all LAIKA films, The Boxtrolls is a moving and human story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance.”

The Boxtrolls will hit theaters on Oct. 17, 2014.

Earlier today, Focus announced a collaboration with Random House Studios titled Longbourne, a new spin on Pride and Prejudice.

image: LAIKA.com



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