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  • Because all the actors recorded their parts separately, Simon Pegg was initially unaware of best friend Nick Frost's participation in the project, and vice versa.
  • Dee Bradley Baker, who voices Fish, Wheels, and Bucket, also helped develop the boxtroll language.
  • The large cheese Lord Portly-Rind buys, instead of a children's hospital, has "Hobson's Choice" written on it a few times. The phrase may have originated from Thomas Hobson (1544-1631) a livery stable owner in Cambridge England. Customers would only be offered the horse nearest the door, this ensured a good rotation of his horses and no quibbling from customers demanding better horses. It is also the title of Hobson's Choice (1954).
  • The older sister of Elle Fanning (Winnie Portley-Rind), Dakota Fanning, voiced the lead in Laika's first feature, Coraline (2009). It, like The Boxtrolls (2014), was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
  • This is the seventh feature film collaboration between best friends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They previously appeared in Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Paul (2011), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), and The World's End (2013).
  • Barry Humphries was considered for Archibald Snatcher.
  • The town of Cheesebridge is reported to be based on the town of Trowbridge in the county of Wiltshire, England.
  • Elle Fanning and Isaac Hempstead Wright share a birthday (April 9).
  • The movie's smallest prop was a tiny sewing thread and needle.
  • More than twenty thousand props were handmade for the movie.
  • There are fourteen different fabrics in Lord Portley-Rind's white hat.
  • The production period totaled seventy-two weeks.
  • There were three hundred thirty on Laika's crew, not counting voice actors and actresses, sound engineers, or workers at other facilities.
  • The book gives Eggs' full name as Arthur Trubshawe.
  • Dee Bradley Baker is also known for voicing a fish on American Dad! (2005).
  • The manhole cover has on the the top "CITY OF CHEESEBRIDGE", and the bottom "HERE BE MONSTERS", while in the middle, there is a crossed fork and knife over a slice of Swiss cheese.
  • Tracy Morgan based his performance of Mr. Gristle on Afro-British comedian Lenny Henry.
  • Lord Portley-Rind's design is based on British character actor John Abbott.


  • Singing vocals for Sir Ben Kingsley were provided by actor and countertenor Sean Patrick Doyle (of Broadway's "Kinky Boots" and "La Cage Aux Folles", and 20th Century Fox's The Sitter (2011)), voice-matching his spoken performance as Madame Frou Frou.
  • To convey Archibald Snatcher's allergic reaction to cheese, Sir Ben Kingsley closed one half of his mouth while speaking, to sound as if his mouth were so swollen that he couldn't speak clearly.
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