When you make an animated movie about judging a book by its cover, aka The Boxtrolls

Animated movies has come quite a long ways in my 35+ years of life. I remember the He-man, Thundercats, and GI Joe we watched growing up, and to be honest still love. Then there was the claymation years of the California Raisins. Gumby, and more.  Childhood movies and animated series were all fun and cute, and always shared a lesson for life and dealing with people.

Though most of those things have not changed, we now have animated adult series, which I personally find confusing for my kids who wonder why I don’t let them watch certain shows due to inappropriate conversations and images. I like seeing more shows and storylines that showcase our differences. We talk a lot about differences, between dealing with a bully, to how to explain same sex parents your kids see, there are so many ways that animated shows help us with social issues.

judging others says about you

So many times in life we judge people based on appearance. Over and over it happens. We judge based on color, clothing, tattoos, and more. We should take more time to develop relationships and helping, embracing and encouraging others.

The Boxtrolls is just such a movie. The Boxtroll movie was just released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 20th, so be sure to grab it now. The characters are “dressed” and collect trash. They are viewed as trash themselves, though they are a gentle kind of creature. It shows us about doing the right thing, even when it may be hard to know what that is.

The Boxtrolls Key Art Resized

The film is rated PG and notes that there may be content that viewers under 10-12 may not be prepared for due to edgy content in the good vs. evil conflict they explore.

Here is the movie summary provided by the distribution company:

From the creators of Coraline comes a family adventure about heroes in all shapes and sizes: the Boxtrolls. Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, these box-wearing creatures have lovingly raised a human boy named “Eggs”. But when evil Archibald Snatcher decides to capture the lovable misfits, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty young friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls. THE BOXTROLLS has the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal and teaches us to never judge a “box” by its cover. AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL HD JANUARY 20th

Starring Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris and Nick Frost

  •  We are giving away copies of The Boxtrolls. Comment below telling me about your experience either being judged on image alone, or where you judged someone else.

What lessons should we all learn from this?


  1. This isn’t really a judgement of appearance but still fitting I think. Through my life I’ve been shy, quiet and very reserved and sadly that’s at times gotten me the label of “stuck up”. As a teenager I struggled to “fit in” because of how long it really took me to feel comfortable around others more outgoing than me but those that did take the time to get to know me saw what a great friend I truly was. Now as an adult I may not be the life of the party but I’ve embraced my shy, quiet side……..I’m me and there’s nothing wrong with that!!

    • I can understand that Tabatha. I felt the same way. I was very quiet and reserved, and in many ways still am. I can voice an opinion and share things here, and even speak in public without a problem, but put me in a crowd of people, I am quiet and watchful. I will usually make one or 2 new friends by starting a conversation with individuals. :-)

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