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'Boxtrolls' illustrates how animation houses are playing a new 'toon
'Boxtrolls' illustrates how animation houses are playing a new 'toon

After a recent screening of "The Boxtrolls," a child approached animator Travis Knight to say he loved the movie because "it was the weirdest thing I've ever seen." For Knight, president and CEO of Laika, a stop-motion animation company based outside of Portland, Ore., the child's remark was the highest form of praise. That's because the 9-year-old studio has found its place in Hollywood's increasingly crowded animation marketplace by making films slightly left of center, beginning with its first movie, the spooky, Oscar-nominated "Coraline" in 2009. "Boxtrolls" opened Friday to respectable reviews and $17.3 million in box...