Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Boxtrolls character concepts, costumes, faces and figures on display...

To help promote the forthcoming new 3D animated feature from Portland-based Laika Studios, The Boxtrolls, Universal Studios Hollywood had an extensive display of character concepts, costumes, faces and stop-motion figures on display at the NBC Universal Experience exhibit on April 15, 2014.

Original stop-moption character figures 
and concept designs from The Boxtrolls
The Boxtrolls character stop-motion figures
The Boxtrolls stop-motion exhibit
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Snatcher figure
Archibald Snatcher stop-motion robot The Boxtrolls
Archibald Snatcher stop-motion figure The Boxtrolls
The Boxtrolls stop-motion character figures
The movie is based on Alan Snow's fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters! and follows past Laika stop-motion animation movies, Coraline and ParaNorman, but is a hybrid of stop-motion and computer-generated effects.

The Boxtrolls movie poster
The Boxtrolls movie poster
The story follows a young orphaned boy named 'Eggs' in a Victorian-Era town who has been raised by a race of subterranean cavern-dwelling trash-collecting creatures, who must be saved by their human ward when they are targeted by an evil pest exterminator named 'Archibald Snatcher'.

The Boxtrolls stop-motion character figures
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Eggs character figure
The Boxtrolls character designs
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Archibald Snatcher figure
The Boxtrolls stop-motion character figures
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Winnie figure
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Lord Portley-Rind figure
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Lord Portley-Rind figure
The Boxtrolls stop-motion oil character figure
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Winnie Lady Portley-Rind figures
The Boxtrolls stop-motion Lady Portley-Rind figure
The Boxtrolls stop-motion character figure
I'm always amazed at the sheer detail that goes into stop-motion creations, from the miniature costumes and faces, to the intricate sets these puppets inhabit, just look at the elaborate detail of the 'Lord and Lady Portley-Rind' characters.

Underground cave set from The Boxtrolls
The Boxtrolls Underground cave set exhibit
Boxtrolls Underground cave stop-motion figures
The Boxtrolls Underground cave set stop-motion figures
The Boxtrolls who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells, live beneath the town of Cheesebridge and exist by dumpster-diving and collecting the junk left behind by the town's residents, although the townspeople believe they emerge from the sewers to steal their cheese and children at night.

If you like this Laika Studios exhibit, be sure to also check out these stop-motion puppets and sets from ParaNorman and from the world of Coraline.

The Boxtrolls stop-motion facial expression and components
The Boxtrolls stop-motion faces
Boxtroll stop-motion face components
The Boxtrolls stop-motion faces components exhibit
Plus if you're a stop-motion animation fan, be sure to also check out these stop-motion maquettes and models from Frankenweenie and this Fantastic Mr. Fox movie set on display.

The Boxtrolls in cinemas September 2014
The Boxtrolls matchbox character puppet
Buy the book the movie is based on: Here Be Monsters! (The Ratbridge Chronicles)

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