The Boxtrolls script
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Synopsis: Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls -- a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) hatches a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

Portley-Rind’s resolve disappears. He raises his hand as if

to stop Snatcher from leaving.

4.

LORD PORTLEY-RIND

(desperate)

Very well. Every boxtroll gone.

With proof!

Snatcher stops halfway down the stairs in the pouring rain,

his back still turned to Portley-Rind.

SNATCHER:

(low purr)

For a white hat?

CLOSE ON:
Snatcher’s grinning face as he turns back toward

Portley-Rind.

SNATCHER (CONT’D)

I will destroy every last boxtroll

in this town!

LIGHTNING CRASHES as Snatcher laughs maniacally.

SMASH CUT TO:

TITLES:
“THE BOXTROLLS”

(0100 MON) MONSTERS

EXT. CHEESEBRIDGE - WORLD VIEW - SUNSET

WIDE VIEW OF CHEESEBRIDGE, a steep hill-town that looms over

the countryside. A jumble of roofs, a tangle of twisting

alleys, and perched at the summit, the imposing Cheese Guild

Hall. The last rays of the setting sun disappear.

EXT. CHEESEBRIDGE STREETS

--a deep voice echoes out of a scratchy MEGAPHONE.

SNATCHER (O.S.)

Hear ye! Hear ye! Good citizens of

Cheesebridge, the curfew is in

force. Don’t dawdle or the beasts

will tear you limb from limb!

CLOSE ON:
A FABRIC BANNER reading “BOXTROLL EXTERMINATORS”.

The banner hangs on a strange rattletrap TRUCK that winds its

way up the city streets. Sinister looking men in BLOOD RED

TOP HATS hang onto the running boards. The most sinister of

them all, Snatcher, rides on the roof.

5.

SNATCHER (O.S.) (CONT'D)

They will add your flesh to their

rivers of blood and mountains of

bones.

As the truck passes, PEDESTRIANS gasp and hurry into their

houses, heeding the amplified warning. A CHEESEMONGER at The

Cheesery pulls his FOLDING SIGN from the sidewalk and hurries

inside. A COUPLE stops mid-conversation and heads indoors. A

MAN CARRYING A CRATE brings his load into his shop,

abandoning the crate sitting at the curb. Two FEMALE

TOWNSFOLK head off down the street.

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Adam Pava

Adam Pava is a screenwriter with animation projects in development at several major studios. He is currently working on a sequel in Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie franchise. Before transitioning to features, he spent 10 years in television. In 2006, he co-wrote and executive-produced Re-Animated, which broke existing records as Cartoon Network’s highest-rated telefilm. Also at Cartoon Network, he wrote for Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and Johnny Bravo; at Adult Swim, he wrote for Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law; at MTV, he wrote for Clone High; and at Nickelodeon, he wrote for Glenn Martin DDS. more…

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