The Boxtrolls and British English

Posted by David Khoirul
Caca and I watched The Boxtrolls, a movie produced by Laika, yesterday morning. On Saturday he slept in my house and woke up at 2 a.m. on Sunday, accompanying me to finish my graphic designs, and at the same time playing Boom Beach on his tablet, tethered from my mobile Internet. While watching me design on Photoshop, he asked me to download a movie. The Boxtrolls was our choice.

The Boxtrolls, based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, is an American 3D stop motion movie released in 2014, and uses a British accent in the whole film. The file we downloaded did not have a subtitle; Caca had to figure out what the characters talk by listening to the movie in a headphone. Being a non-native speaker of English, the 9-year-old Caca understands—despite not all the dialogs—the plot of the movie through mimics and body languages.

Whenever a scene confused him, he would ask me for translation in bahasa Indonesia. He could, however, laugh and smile and giggle when the characters threw some funny jokes. One of his favorite scenes is when the boy is taught how to shake hand and look in the eye. As the boy meets a man in a party one night, he goggles and shakes his own hands, so literally, that the man gets scared.

Previously Caca watched The Babadook, an Australian horror movie directed by Jennifer Kent. When I ask him if he prefers British, American or Australian Eglish, he says he likes American better but loves the tone and melody of British English.



The Boxtrolls tells a story about subterranean trolls known as Boxtrolls who raise a boy named Eggs. Rumors in the city say that the trolls kill and kidnap children, so pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher makes a deal with Lord Portley-Rind, the city's mayor, offering to destroy every Boxtroll in exchange for membership in the  White Hats, city's cheese-loving council.

The Boxtrolls holds a rating of 63% on Metacritic, 74% from Rotten Tomatoes, and 7.1 from well-known IMDb.

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