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I’m so excited to share with you that The BOXTROLLS, which was avaiable on Digital HD December, 23, 2014, is now available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD today, January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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.

The Boxtrolls leads with 13 nominations including Best Animated Film for the 42nd Annie Awards, which honor the year’s best achievements in animation and are presented by the International Animated Film Society. Nominations include: Best Animated Feature, Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable), Outstanding Achievement in Writing an Animated Feature Production (Irena Brignull, Adam Pava), Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Ben Kingsley; Dee Bradley Baker), Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production (Travis Knight; Malcolm Lamont; Jason Stalman), Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production (Rick Sevy, Peter Vickery, Kent Estep, Peter Stuart, Ralph Procida); Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Mike Smith); Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure, August Hall); and Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in a Feature Production (Julian Narino; Emanuela Cozzi). The film has also received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Animated or Mixed Media Picture.

Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, the Boxtrolls are unique creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in a fantastical charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when the evil Archibald Snatcher schemes to capture Eggs’ family, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls!

Based upon the book Here Be Monsters! The Boxtrolls voice cast also includes Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette, Jared Harris (Mad Men), Nick Frost (The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The Watch), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead).

And of course the Blu-ray Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D and DVD include a lot of great Bonus features.  One of our favorite parts!

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack:

PRELIMINARY ANIMATIC SEQUENCES

  • Play with Commentary by Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable
  • Baby In The Trash
  • Eggs In The Underworld
  • Man On A Horse
  • Trubshaw’s Inventorium
  • Cheese Shop
  • 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

  • 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.
  • INSIDE THE BOX- The directors, producers, and creative supervisor of character fabrication Georgina Hayns share the challenges of crafting characters who are inside a box.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

FEATURETTES

  • THE NATURE OF CREATION
  • TROLLS RIGHT OFF THE TONGUE
  • ALLERGIC TO EASY
  • LET’S DANCE
  • ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTORS Anthony Stacchi AND GRAHAM ANNABLE

We absolutely LOVED The BoxTrolls and we are so happy to have it as an addition to our family movies.  It’s the perfect movie for the entire family and our friends borrowed it immediately after we watched it and loved it too.

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