‘The Boxtrolls’ Is a Kids’ Movie Every Parent Should See

Boxtrolls EggsSome kids movies are designed to make your kids think deep thoughts about the world around them. Then there are the kids movies that are really for the parents — reminding us what we need to do to be better parents. The Boxtrolls — out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, January 20, manages to be both.

Based on Alan Snow’s children’s book, Here Come the Monsters, Boxtrolls is the story of a world of creatures living beneath the city of Cheesebridge, a place run by corrupt politicians with a lot of money and little sense of community. They’re so named because of the boxes they wear in place of clothing, and they’re feared by the people above them thanks to a vicious rumor that they once stole — and killed — a baby. That baby is, in fact, a little boy named Eggs, who the trolls have lovingly raised as their own, complete with his own box “shirt.” Eggs owes a childhood full of love to a troll named Fish, in particular, who teaches him to love music and turning the detritus of human life into mechanical masterpieces. But when the human world comes after the trolls, and Eggs is forced above ground to deal with his own kind, he learns that not all children are as lucky as him — and not all families are alike.

The stop motion animation is, in a word, gorgeous, and despite some dark themes — the film’s chief villian, named Snatcher, is hunting the loving trolls — Boxtrolls is one of those films with a message so pure that all but the youngest children should see it.

But it’s the parents who should be paying careful attention. Fish isn’t Eggs’ father in the biological sense of the word, but he gives him everything that a true “daddy” would — love, tenderness, and so much more. The head of Cheesebridge’s government, on the other hand, has failed his little girl, Winnie, seven ways til Sunday. He’s her father biologically, but that’s about it.

The lesson for parents is one we can’t hear enough: it’s not enough to simply show up. It’s what you do when you get there.

 

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of The Boxtrolls to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, and I was not otherwise compensated for this review.

 

Comments

  1. I’ve been meaning to check this movie out. It definitely sounds like one my family would enjoy. Thanks for sharing this review!

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