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.

Archibald Snatcher as the truck rounds a corner.

He holds a MEGAPHONE TUBE to his mouth and orates as he zeros

in on a BOY playing ball in the street.


Child! Do you want to end up like

the Trubshaw Baby?

The boy watches the truck as it passes, curiosity changing to



Dragged underground and feasted

upon one year ago this very night?!

The terrified boy shakes his head and GASPS as he is yanked

inside by his MOTHER. His BALL bounces out of his hands and

rolls across the cobbles.


Lock your windows! Bolt your doors!

Hide anything that is not bolted


One man grabs his DOOR KNOCKER and bolts inside.

Another man grabs his MAILBOX.

Another a BARBER POLE.

With a terrified look the last man peers out of the peep hole

in his door, then slams it shut.


Hide your cheese. Hide your tender

and delicious babies!



The wind blows trash down the empty streets. Snatcher’s

vehicle, rattling from its boiler, prowls past with Snatcher

still calling out his warning until the sound fades in the



Beware the bloodthirsty monsters!

They'll fry your eyes, gnaw on your

knees, gobble your gizzards...

Beware! BEWARE!

After Snatcher’s truck has passed the CAMERA lands on: A

MANHOLE. Carved in the heavy iron cover is a warning: “HERE


A LONG BEAT OF SILENCE. The manhole cover slowly twists and

lifts, a pudgy blue hand emerges. Two pairs of yellow,

glowing eyes peer out. The creatures talk in expressive but

unintelligible GURGLES. Down the street, two more manhole

covers lift.

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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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