I couldn’t type about this last night because I got home from the movie at like 12am and I was so exhausted I had to pass out. And much to my dismay when I checked tumblr to see how excited people were about the very important messages in this movie, I found out that someone had started a rumor about how it was trans misogynist.
Tumblr has already begun spreading rumors about how it is trans misogynist and is making fun of trans people. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
Here’s what happened, though I already reblogged a more detailed post about it, this is the TL;DR version:
The evil villain who pretty much a poor person with ‘ambition’ who decides to step on other people to get to the top to acquire the status symbol of privileged old white guys of the movie, at one point in the movie is revealed to dress in drag as a disguise. He has an alternate persona named Madame Frou Frou who he uses to laud himself for trampling the box trolls and spinning terrible myths about their monstrosity. This Madame Frou Frou is used to sing uncomfortably painful songs about how the boxtrolls are monsters. This is because the leader of the old white privileged dudes HATES the evil bad guy, but he ADORES this Madame Frou Frou. AT THE END OF THE MOVIE, THE EVIL BAD GUY REVEALS HIMSELF TO BE MADAME FROU FROU, AND TEASES POINTEDLY AT THE LEAD OLD WHITE GUY WHO HATES HIM, IN A ‘HAH I GOT YOU’ KIND OF WAY.
Now that is over,
THE REASON YOU SHOULD PLEASE GO SEE THE BOXTROLLS MOVIE:
1. Laika is a small company that is constantly doing wonderful progressive things and should be applauded for it. Please, they do not have the numbers of the big three (dreamworks/disney/pixar) and need to get the cult following NOW, not after the movie has been released on dvd and gone out of theaters.
2. This movie, is, in a nutshell: The absolute best allegory for classism, racism, and mixed heritage families I’ve ever seen. And it’s an animated kids film that I expect lots of kids (and their parents) will go see. The classism and privileged society stuff you see in the story is so spot on, that at times the movie is actually really painful, and heartbreaking to watch. There were times where I was literally uncomfortable and awkward and confused as to why I was? And by the end of the movie I realized that there were actual caricatures of those infuriating people in real life that we try to educate and argue with on a daily basis. I mean, we all know how exhausting it is, and how defensive and nervous you get when privileged people talk about the poor or POC?? I got this same feeling when watching it because they pin point those people so well in this movie and they are not only the villains, but the foils/people who do nothing to help.
3. IT IS LITERALLY JUST SUPER FUN, ADORABLE, HILARIOUS, AND AWESOME TO WATCH. Please, it was so much fun, and when you do go see it, you have to stay till the end of the credits for the best part.