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The Art of The Boxtrolls

The Art of The Boxtrolls

By Phil Brotherton * Preface by Travis Knight * Foreword by Tony Stacchi


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LAIKA, the studio behind the hit films Coraline and ParaNorman, introduces audiences to a new breed of family: the Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher, comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie to devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. The Art of The Boxtrolls features the amazingly detailed artwork that went into this film’s creation, including character sketches, puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models, alongside the story of the film’s development.

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Size: 11 x 9.5 in;
Pages: 160 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2014
ISBN: 9781452128351
Philip Brotherton is art director at LAIKA Entertainment. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Travis Knight is LAIKA’s president and CEO as well as lead animator on LAIKA’s first feature, Coraline, and producer and lead animator on both ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.

Anthony Stacchi was co-director for Sony Pictures Animation’s Open Season. He served as head of story, as storyboard artist, and as an animator for projects including Antz, Spirit, James and the Giant Peach, Frankenstein, and Curious George .

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