Focus Features and LAIKA Reunite for October 2014's The Boxtrolls, Based on Alan Snow's Bestseller Here Be Monsters and Starring

Focus Features and LAIKA Reunite for October 2014's The Boxtrolls, Based on 
Alan Snow's Bestseller Here Be Monsters and Starring the
Voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac
Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard
Ayoade, Tracy Morgan 
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 --  Marking their third
project together, LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind
the current Academy Award-nominated animated feature ParaNorman,
announced today that LAIKA has begun production on The Boxtrolls. The
new movie will be released nationwide by Focus on October 17th, 2014.
Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight made
the announcement today. 
As on the previous animation collaborations ParaNorman and Coraline,
Focus will hold worldwide distribution rights to The Boxtrolls, and
Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas
(with eOne Distribution handling Canada). Coraline (2009) earned
Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Academy Award nominations
for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year's 10
Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI). In addition to its
Academy Award nomination, ParaNorman (2012) is in the running for the
BAFTA Awards' animated feature prize. ParaNorman has won two Annie
Awards (the animation community's Oscars equivalent) and been cited
as best animated feature film by 14 critics' groups, more than any
other 2012 animated feature. 
The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature
based on Alan Snow's bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be
Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi
(co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham
Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by
David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award
winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle
Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright
(Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon
Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus' upcoming The World's End),
Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock). 
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh
Victorian-era town obsessed 
with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of
fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the
Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and
steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their
cheeses. At least, that's the legend residents have always believed.
In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community
of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the
way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned
human boy, Eggs (voiced by Mr. Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as
one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When
the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald
Snatcher (Mr. Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his
ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers
must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie
(Ms. Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change -- and
cheese. 
Mr. Knight said, "The Boxtrolls is a visually dazzling mash-up of
gripping detective story, absurdist comedy, and steampunk adventure
with a surprisingly wholesome heart. It's Dickens by way of Monty
Python. Tony and Graham have crafted a strange and beautiful world
replete with fantastical creatures, good-for-nothing reprobates,
madcap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do. But at its core,
like all LAIKA films, The Boxtrolls is a moving and human story with
timelessness and powerful emotional resonance. We're thrilled to
partner with Focus Features and Universal to bring this remarkable
story to family audiences around the world." 
Mr. Schamus commented, "Following our successful collaborations on
ParaNorman and Coraline, we are delighted to be embarking on a third
wondrous adventure with the LAIKA artisans who transform everyday
materials into living creatures infused with dimension, humor, and
soul. With a wonderfully appealing menagerie of fun characters, and a
generous, open heart at its center, The Boxtrolls will be a must-see
for family audiences."  
About LAIKA
 Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and
Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight,
LAIKA (www.laika.com) is an animation company specializing in feature
films and commercials. LAIKA, located in Portland, Oregon, has a
30-year history of presenting the artistry of award-winning
filmmakers, designers, and animators in the field of animation. In
addition to its division focused on feature films, LAIKA has a
short-form division, LAIKA/house, which produces some of the most
iconic animated content across all mediums for advertising clients
worldwide. The company has won two Academy Awards, 11 Emmy Awards, 11
Clio Awards, two Bronze Cannes Lion Awards, three London
International Advertising & Design Awards, five Mobius Advertising
Awards, nine Annie Awards, and two Annecy Cristals. 
About Focus Features
 Focus Features and Focus Features International
(www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This
worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the
mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the
world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as
Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International
(FFI) in the rest of the world. Current and upcoming Focus Features
releases include Joe Wright's epic love story Anna Karenina,
nominated for 4 Academy Awards; Paul Weitz's comedy/drama Admission,
starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Derek Cianfrance's drama The Place
Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva
Mendes; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John
Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; and The World's End,
the third installment of Edgar Wright's trilogy of comedies starring
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. 
Focus Features and Universal Pictures International are part of
NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment
companies in the development, production, and marketing of
entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and
entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company,
significant television production operations, a leading television
stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation
owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a
49% stake. 
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Maggie Begley 
MBC 
Office: 310-301-1785 
Mobile: 310-749-3055 
Maggie@mbcprinc.com  
For Focus:
Adriene Bowles
FOCUS FEATURES
818-777-7499
adriene.bowles@focusfeatures.com