2014, Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi, USA, 96 min. With Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning.
- Sat, Oct 28th 3:00pm
- Tue, Oct 31st 6:00pm
"Gloriously inventive, wonderfully funny, and gorgeous to look at." — Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
The Oregon-based Laika company (CORALINE, PARANORMAN, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS) has forged one of the most distinctive styles in contemporary animation, combining meticulous, tactile stop-motion animation with offbeat stories that, in the tradition of Roald Dahl, aren't afraid to venture into the edgy and the macabre. THE BOXTROLLS is Laika's most elaborate and ambitious film to date, crammed with imaginative detail. Elements of steampunk, slapstick, Victorian gaslight melodrama, and German expressionism are applied to a politically resonant story set in the class-stratified town of Cheesebridge, where a ghoulish striver (Kingsley) schemes to crash the upper echelon of cheese-eating snobs by demonizing a subterranean race of harmless monsters. DCP digital. (MR)
Tuesday, October 31: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.