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Jay Baruchel
Contender Conversations, Animation: 'Boxtrolls,' 'Dragon 2' and 'Lego Movie'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - BOXTROLLS Oregon-based Laika is heading into awards season with the stop-motion "The Boxtrolls." Having earned Oscar nominations for its first two efforts, "Coraline" (2009) and "ParaNorman" (2012), the studio is aiming to remain on a roll. Producer (and Laika CEO) Travis Knight (in photo above center) was joined by directors Anthony Stacchi (left) and Graham Annable (right) in a talk with Variety's Andrew Barker for a Q&A at the Variety Screening Series on September 18. "Boxtrolls" unfolds in an underground world with a large cast of eccentrics, including a grotesque character voiced by Ben Kingsley. The film...

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