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.

EXT. CHEESEBRIDGE ALLEY - NIGHT

Lightning strikes, illuminating a vine covered wall as the

camera moves across a dark alley filled with CARDBOARD BOXES

and CRATES. They boxes have stylized LABELS; the box in

front is labeled FOCUS FEATURES.

SFX:
FOOTSTEPS running on cobblestones and LABORED BREATHING.

HERBERT (O.S.)

No. Not my boy!

Lightning strikes again, highlighting the boxes and rubbish

in the alley. Something is coming. Whatever it is, its

breath is hurried and animalistic.

SFX:
A BABY CRIES out.

Stumpy CLAWED FEET wrapped in rag run past a boxed labeled

LAIKA. The camera follows the shadowed figure as it runs

along cobblestones to the end of the lane. The creature

pauses under an arched entryway and turns, revealing GLOWING

EYES, a large mouth full of wonky teeth, and a BABY SHAPED

BUNDLE in its arms.

LIGHTING CRASHES as the BABY wriggles and cries.

CUT TO:

EXT. CHEESE GUILD - ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

CLOSE ON:
A FIST pounds a door.

SNATCHER:

(wheezing)

Wake his lordship.

SFX:
A SERIES OF LOCKS being unlatched on the door.

A BUTLER opens the double doors, frowns. He starts to close

the doors but Snatcher pushes against the effort.

SNATCHER (CONT’D)

The unspeakable has happened.

(GASP) We must speak of it

immediately!

A voice calls out from behind them.

2.

LORD PORTLEY-RIND (O.S.)

(tired)

What is it, Snatcher?

The butler moves aside, revealing a regal man with a white

hat at the top of an ornate marble staircase.

INT. CHEESE GUILD - ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

LORD PORTLEY-RIND looks on from the mezzanine. The man in

the red hat casts a long shadow across the gleaming checkered

floors of the Cheese Guild.

SNATCHER:

(gesturing theatrically)

Boxtroll monsters have stolen a

child.

CLOSE ON:
Lord Portley-Rind, perfectly groomed and perfectly

horrified.

LORD PORTLEY-RIND

(aghast)

No.

CLOSE ON:
ARCHIBALD SNATCHER in the door, backlit by

streetlights, sheets of rain falling behind him. He’s a big

man, but out of shape (all belly and no butt), with long

shreds of greasy hair sprouting from beneath his crooked hat.

SNATCHER:

(nods)

They're no doubt picking their

teeth with his adorable baby bones

by now!

LORD PORTLEY-RIND

A horrible tragedy.

(beat, flippant)

Let’s deal with it in the morning!

Portley-Rind turns to go.

SNATCHER (O.S.)

STOP!

The Butler closes the door, but Snatcher shoves his foot in

the way.

SNATCHER (CONT’D)

(struggling)

Oh, oof! That's not the worst of

it! Next they'll come after...

3.

The Butler shoves at the door, slapping and shoving

Snatcher’s face until the door slams shut. Snatcher opens the

mail slot and yells through it.

SNATCHER (CONT'D)

...OUR CHEESES!

LORD PORTLEY-RIND

(gasp)

My Gouda!?

SNATCHER:

(low)

They’ll stop at nothing.

Portley-Rind suddenly flings open the doors, stares wide eyed

at Snatcher. He is crouched on the ground near the mail

slot.

LORD PORTLEY-RIND

You’re the town exterminator. I’ll

pay whatever it takes.

Snatcher stands slowly.

SNATCHER:

Oh, I don’t want money.

He steps into the house and into the light, REVEALING his

greedy face for the first time. He smiles an oily smile.

SNATCHER (CONT’D)

I want one of those.

Snatcher points to the WHITE HAT on Portley-Rind’s head. Lord

Portley-Rind grabs his hat protectively.

LORD PORTLEY-RIND

A White Hat? You?! Absurd!

Snatcher turns to leave, moving towards the damp Market

Square.

SNATCHER:

Alright then. But prepare to say

bye bye to your Brie. Cheerio to

your Cheddar. Goodbye to your...

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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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