One of my favourites
So I have seen a lot of bad reviews for this movie and I will try to address the issues that people have with it. Firstly, if you think the characters are ugly, then you are too used to polished cg animation like disney. They're not perfect, and that is part of the point. The same goes for their personalities; they are flawed and that makes them more real, they are not the perfect hero who can do no wrong, and villains are meant to be horrible. Personally, I think the boxtrolls are a nice change from the unicorns and fairies the good side always have by their side. In regard to the villains, they are believeable, you think they actually could do damage, and if that's too scary then is there a poiny of a villain at all? Many people have a problem with Snatcher's allergy depiction and crossdressing: I think when it came to his allergy, it showed how people hurt themselves to fit in, and I didn't really see much ridicule towards it; with the crossdressing it was just a villain trying to spread their opinion without being themself.
Now for the positive stuff. I find Eggs a good protagonist; he is someone who is driven to do something in a world that's foreign to. He cares about his 'family' and shows true development through the film. I understand why some people find Winnie annoying, as she does start off as a bit of a brat, but that is her only way of getting attention, and she does start to be nicer as the film goes on. The boxtrolls are cute in their own way, but it is believeable that people see them as monsters in the film. The movie shows how where you come from or what you are, or anything that you have, doesn't make you. It is your own merits and personality- you should embrace your uniqueness. Also don't believe all you are told, the people you are told to hate may not be so bad, they may just be against the people who have a louder voice. You see people questioning their actions rather than just being 'evil' for the sake of it, and that family can be anyone.
If you got this far sorry for going on a rant, I just don't like seeing hate for Laika, as I love their movies and find stop motion fascinating.