The Props, Sets, and Puppets of The Boxtrolls!


Hey All!

A few months ago I had the honor to head to Portland to visit LAIKA the studio behind the upcoming film The Boxtrolls.  I previously had the pleasure of telling you about the filmmakers in my previous post, and now I wanted to show you a look at some of the Props, Sets, and Puppets that went into making this film. 90% of this film is made by hand and actually created for the film. We’re talking clothing, food, sets, and the characters themselves. For example there are 14 different fabrics in the character Lord Portley-Rind’s white hat.

The movie’s smallest costumes were for Eggs as a baby: the sweater, measuring 3.5” from cuff to cuff across the length of both arms and chest, and the baby socks measuring 5/8” long!

More than 20,000 props were handmade for the movie! It’s incredible how much work goes into the making of this film. It’s truly a labor of love for the people behind this film.

Thousands of faces are created for each character and 55 different sculpts of prop cheeses were created for The Boxtrolls! We were given an up close and personal look at the faces and sets. We we also allowed to pose and shoot one of the puppets. It was so interesting to learn about and do.


The movie’s smallest prop was a tiny sewing thread and needle!


The stop-motion flames “burning” in the furnace of the Mecha-Drill are courtesy of a working iPad displaying a loop video inside the “mouth” of the device. An animator typically took 1 week to complete 3.7 seconds worth of footage, which is just under 90 individual frames. The animators and team work extremely hard to create this film. It’s truly a sight to see. I’m sure all the hard work will pay off for the film as it all looks amazing.

I can’t wait to see the completed film!

THE BOXTROLLS  is in Theaters Everywhere including Real-D screens on September 26th!

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that 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 (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable

Writer: Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

Voice Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

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Official Twitter: @TheBoxtrolls

Official Hashtag: #TheBoxtrolls



I was provided an all expense paid trip to visit the set of the film and to conduct interviews. All opinions are that of my own.