The-Boxtrolls-sliceThose looking forward to the return of LAIKA Studios next year are in for a real treat, because not only has a new trailer debuted for The Boxtrolls, it’s introduced by none other than the filmmakers themselves.

The trailer, released by Focus via Apple, starts off by showing some behind-the-scenes footage of the painstaking work that goes into creating something at LAIKA, the team behind Coraline and ParaNorman.

The new 3D animated feature from LAIKA Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous exterminator who is bent on eradicating them, Eggs must venture aboveground to save them, where he teams with an adventurous young girl to save not only the Boxtrolls but the soul of Cheesebridge.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones) leads the brilliant voice cast as the orphaned human boy, Eggs, alongside Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman) and Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) co-direct from a script penned by Irena Brignull (Skellig), based on the original novel by Alan Snow, Here Be Monsters!

The Boxtrolls will be released in 3D on 12th September, 2014 in the UK, with its US release date following on September 26th.

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