boxtrolls

“The Boxtrolls” delivers on the charm of the grotesque

There comes a moment in “The Boxtrolls” when a terrific allergic reaction of social-striving baddie Archibald Snatcher elicits an understandably revolted “Ewww!” There are many more delighted “Ewwws” than too-easy “Awws” in this charming, if a tad cynical, feature from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman.” “The Boxtrolls” takes its inspiration from Alan Snow’s 2005 fantasy novel “Here Be Monsters!” And there are indeed monstrous goings-on in this 90-minute yarn extracted from a 500-plus-page tome. It was adapted by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava and is co-directed by Antony Stacchi and Graham Annable. “The Boxtrolls” begins with the disappearance of an infant. The Trubshaw...