July 02, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

The Boxtrolls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/26/14
performer
Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley
director
Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
distributor
Focus Features
genre
Animation

The trailer for The Boxtrolls, based on Alan Snow’s bestselling children’s novel Here Be Monsters!, hit the Internet Tuesday, giving moviegoers a quick preview of what to expect from Focus Features’s third animated feature. (They previously released Coraline and ParaNorman.) In sum: it’s simply adorable — and very well-timed.

The movie — which features the voices of Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Ben Kingsley and Jared Harris, among others — is about a group of underground trolls who, with help from an orphan they raised named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Write), must go up against an evil townsperson (Kingsley) who wants to eliminate them.

The film’s trailer, which touts family diversity and even briefly features two pairs of same-sex parents, is in tune with political zeitgeist, coming on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. 

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