The Boxtrolls

dir. Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi

From the stop-motion geniuses at Oregon’s own Laika Studios (Coraline, ParaNorman) came a fun and unusual project for me – essentially reverse-engineering the title song from a spoken/sung animation that featured Ben Kingsley’s character, in drag, performing a kind of propaganda-burlesque with barrel organ accompaniment. The lyric was set to picture by none-other than Eric Idle! (Monty Python)


I worked on this with my good friends Ritchie Young and his band Loch Lomond. My Estey folding pump-organ as a stand-in for the barrel organ with bazoukis, strings, and drums, which are later consumed by big brass and orchestral percussion as the villain’s sinister sprechstimme message becomes clear: “Kill Those Box Trolls!”


you can purchase the soundtrack here:

more about the film:
Boxtrolls Website