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Any way you slice it, 'Boxtrolls' is an unwieldy visual feast
Any way you slice it, 'Boxtrolls' is an unwieldy visual feast

Many intriguing unlovelies are found in "The Boxtrolls," a new 3-D animated fable that lifts liberally from the sketches and dark sensibility of Alan Snow's creepy-good children's novel "Here Be Monsters." A rich voice cast adds oomph, led by a vamping Ben Kingsley as villainous Archibald Snatcher and seductive chanteuse Madame Frou Frou — amazing what a plunging neckline and lipstick can disguise. He is joined by a feisty Elle Fanning, a priggish Jared Harris, a conflicted Isaac Hempstead Wright and off-the-wall Simon Pegg, along with a mischievous crew of bad bunglers in Tracy Morgan, Richard Ayoade and Nick Frost. Exceptional stop-motion animation...

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