The 3D stop-motion animated The Boxtrolls from Focus Features opens wide at the box office Friday, and looks set to take over the family market from Dolphin Tale 2. Laika, the Animation outfit based in Oregon and responsible for both Paranorman and Coraline which both won Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature have done it again and I think it’s going to be a third Oscar nod for The Boxtrolls,  an absolutely delightful cinematic rendering of Alan Snow’s fantastical  book, “Here  Lies Monsters”.  And thankfully it continues to revive the once long lost  art of Stop Motion Animation. That’s right . It is all done by hand and not computer generated. It looks beautiful , like a painting. Everything in this movie is just so much  fun to watch. I had a great time at The Boxtrolls, not least thanks to a terrific voice cast led by Ben Kingsley as the evil Archibald Snatcher  and Elle Fanning as Winnie. This movie has heart, humor and beautiful animation. What more could you want?  Check out the video to see what I mean.

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Film Review: 'The Boxtrolls'

Deadline's Pete Hammond pans film critics at the Venice Film Festival for negative reaction to the family film, predicting instead it is the next Oscar contender for the animation house behind 'Coraline' and 'ParaNorman'.