After the sinister sinuousness of Coraline and the brutally brilliant ParaNorman, Laika has become one of the most interesting animation studios around - and that's without even taking into account the fact that they render everything in stunning stop motion.
The Boxtrolls is their latest effort and its coming to cinemas soon. Much sooner than I thought in fact, it's one of those release dates that quite snuck up on me.
The film is about a human boy called Eggs who is orphaned and raised by a group of strange under-dwellers called the Boxtrolls who like nothing better than collecting rubbish and being curious and adorable all the time. As is the way of things, their simple lives come under attack by an evil exterminator and Eggs goes on an incredible adventure.
It all started in the brain of English author Alan Snow, with the Boxtrolls forming part of the tale tole in his 2005 book Here Be Monsters! Which you really should seek out as the illustrations are incredibly weird and wonderful.
A new clip from the adaptation has been released, giving you a look at the strange world of the Boxtrolls and the burbly voices which are going to make them favourites of kids and grownups everywhere soon.
Stop motion animation is a laborious thing to undertake but these movie rarely make much noise at the box office - with Chicken Run still the highest grossing stop motion flick ever at $230 million worldwide. It's a thing that I can't quite understand, maybe children are just more used to CG animation these days or people are somehow put off by the style?
For me, the handmade feel of these films is just part of the appeal, and Laika are currently managing to beat Aardman animation at their own game with the use of subtle CG and top notch production values that helped to make ParaNorman one of my favourite movies of 2012.
I'm hoping for another classic with The Boxtrolls.
The Boxtrolls is directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi and features the voice talent of Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Toni Collette.
See it in cinemas from the 12th of September 2014.