Animated movies that aren’t released by Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, or Universal don’t get a lot of attention. Granted, even if The Boxtrolls had been released by one of those companies, it still would have been a tough sell. After all, a story about a boy who was raised by trolls that live in boxes is unusual in a rather creepy way. But creepy stop-motion animation is what Laika Entertainment does; they’re the studio responsible for Coraline, ParaNorman, and Corpse Bride. The Boxtrolls is on par with Coraline in that group: a strange, spellbinding story that speaks to the hopes and fears inherent in every child.
Quicker take: Just because something’s creepy and weird doesn’t mean it can’t also be great.