The Boxtrolls spoilers: Dana Stevens and Movie Mom’s Nell Minow discuss Laika Studio’s latest animated film.

How Good Is The Boxtrolls? Two Critics Discuss.

How Good Is The Boxtrolls? Two Critics Discuss.

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Sept. 27 2014 9:22 AM

Spoiler Special: The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls.

© 2013 LAIKA Inc. / Focus Features, LLC.

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, our film critic Dana Stevens talks with Movie Mom Nell Minow about The Boxtrolls, Laika Studio’s latest animated feature. How does it measure up to its Laika predecessors, Coraline and ParaNorman? Does the film have transphobic undertones? And how exactly was the film, with its combination of stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, actually made?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.


Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Nell Minow is the editor of the Corporate Library, which covers corporate governance and performance, and writer of Movie Mom, reviews of films and videos.