The Boxtrolls

Theatrical Release: September 26, 2014
DVD Release: January 20, 2015
The Boxtrolls


The film tells the story of an orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) who was raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collecting trolls called the Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) and Eggs has to save his family from Snatcher.

Dove Review

“The Boxtrolls” are now in your neighborhood! This is a highly energetic story about a young man that is kidnapped as a baby and given to the Boxtrolls. The man that kidnaps him has his own evil scheme. Everyone thinks the Boxtrolls kidnapped him but of course they didn’t. They actually raise him as their own, placing him in a box that says “eggs” on it and he becomes known as “Eggs”, raised mainly by “Fish” and the other Boxtrolls with names like “Bucket” and “Shoes”. Soon “Eggs” is like the rest of them, eating bugs and insects and scavenging what the humans have left outside or in alleys.

The exterminators are out to get them and the Boxtrolls have to be vigilant. The day comes when a young girl named Winifred, known as “Winnie”, becomes friends with Eggs and helps him understand that he is actually not a Boxtroll, but a boy. The boy fears his dad has died, hit in the head by the evil Snatcher when Eggs was kidnapped. But is he truly dead?

There is a lot of cartoon-kind of violence with punching, chasing, characters hit in the head, etc. But none of this is graphic and it is all in good fun. In one scene a character’s eyes are seen peeping through two holes in a large piece of cheese. The characters are delightful and some are creepy and we are recommending the movie for ages twelve plus. The Boxtrolls are unique in every way. Every viewer will be in a creepy world not their own when they watch “The Boxtrolls”.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Cross dressing.
Language: OMG-1; Good Lord-1; What in Buddha's name-1; Mother of Sausages-1; Butts-1
Violence: Characters are hit, one with a hammer; punching and kicking and chasing after others; characters smacked; a group called the Exterminators chase the Boxtrolls; character is shoved; boy bites girl; leeches are placed on man but to bring swelling down from his face; man has a rope gun; a fleeing character falls head first onto a man hole lid; man hit in head by wrench; character attempts to suck up other characters into vacuum.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Troll's boxes are removed and we see their nude bottoms.
Other: A girl tells a lie about a hat; several of the Boxtrolls are creepy looking; man has an allergic reaction to cheese and his mouth and face swells up.


Company: Focus Features
Director: Graham Annable Anthony Stacchi
Producer: Travis Knight
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 97 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter