A Special Screening and Workshop
The 2014 Chicago International Children's Film Festival
& LAIKA Studios Present 

A special screening and workshop

Saturday, October 18th, 2014  


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 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 since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change-and cheese.

Watch trailer



With special post screening Q&A with LAIKA's Mark Shapiro.

Music Box Theatre
Saturday, October 18, 10:00am
Adults $9, Children $6



Stop Motion Magic with LAIKA Studios


Join LAIKA Studios very own Mark Shapiro after the show for this two hour workshop and learn all about the magic of stop motion animation from the makers of two Academy Award-nominated features: Coraline and ParaNorman and this year's smash hit The Boxtrolls. Mark will give you the inside story on how intricate puppets and sets are meticulously handmade, and how puppets are animated frame by frame. Meet some of the stars from these films up close, and gain an inside look with exclusive making of footage.



Music Box Theatre

Saturday, October 18, 12:30pm to 2:30 pm 

Registration $35




Both Movie and Workshop: Adults $40, Kids $38 


LAIKA is an animation studio specializing in feature films, commercials and shorts. Travis Knight serves as President and CEO of the company, which is owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight.  LAIKA has produced two Oscar-nominated stop-motion films: ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009) as well as the CG short Moongirl (2005).

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