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Toys in the Attic [Blu-ray]

3.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Product Description

Toys in the Attic is a meticulously crafted visual feast, combining multiple forms of animation into an enchanting and fantastic adventure for the entire family. Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, this award-winning stop-motion animated feature has been called: an animation masterpiece (Anima Basauri), and: a diabolically inventive tale that is four parts Toy Story and one part Tim Burton (New York International Childrens Film Festival). The setting for the film was inspired by the cultural and political contrast of the Cold War era and its impact on director Jiri Barta and the Czech Republic. The world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the Land of Evil in the East. The despotic Head of State rules over the Land of Evil with a band of sinister minions, insects and rotted vegetables. When the lovely Buttercup (Vivian Schilling) is kidnapped and held prisoner by The Head (Jiri Labus, with voice by Douglas Urbanski), it is up to her friends - a teddy bear (Forest Whitaker), a mechanical mouse (Joan Cusack) and marionette puppet (Cary Elwes) to cross the international boundary and attempt their daring rescue. With top critical praise from major reviewers (including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and USA Today), Toys in the Attic is the rare gem that satisfies on all three levels of artistic merit, intellectual intrigue and visual delight.

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Strange, beautiful and intricately told…delightfully weird with glorious imagery and a sweet little story. --Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Visually delightful…the stop motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent. --Sherri Linden, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

Amazing! A weirder and darker version of Toy Story from the European Tim Burton. --Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

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Product Details

  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Vivian Schilling, Cary Elwes, Douglas Urbanski
  • Directors: Vivian Schilling, Jiri Barta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Hannover House
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009P7K1IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 23, 2013
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I mean really, I stand in awe.

I didn't know, at first, that this was by Jiri (pronounced kind of like "Year-zhee") Barta. That would have sold me right then, since Czech animators and Barta in particular display senses of the macabre, joyous, heroic, delicate, and mysterious all at once. (Since so many of them worked, or tried to, during the Soviet oppression, that seems rather natural.)

This, like any brilliant work of art, works at many levels. Physically the puppets and objects combine Svankamjer's sensibilities with Joseph Cornell's supply closet. In image creation, Barta melds live action with flip-books (or something close), stop animation, overdrawing, and I don't know what-all in computer animation and postproduction. The stop-animated puppets, however, embody unique personalities in their materials, structure, and articulation, even before you hear them speak,

Skipping ahead, I have to applaud the English language rendering. Taken in itself, it expresses the characters and helps bring them to life, even though English was never considered when the movie's original Czech version came out. But, the English is dubbed so it syncs to Czech mouth movements (mostly). This involved heroics on the parts of the scriptwriters, voice actors, and sound masters to create some cadence that a lip-reader might believe.

Backing up to the original, though, this represents a rather daring fable of personal freedom against the militarists, something Barta lived through before the Velvet Revolution.
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This film is actually a recycling of a 2009 Czech Republic film. I saw it when abroad and while it is a distinctive and visually appealing stop-motion film, some of the characters are quite scary/disturbing, especially the cigar toting vile bust/statue known as "Head." Head leads the evil "side" of the attic against the peace loving "side" of the attic. A rag-tag group from the peace loving side must overcome the evil Head and rescue a kidnaped antique doll. The voice casting is great, lots of big names and the stop-motion filming is artistic, however, the dark edge of the film may steer this towards the tweens and up (maybe 8-10 and up?). If you're not sure, you might want to preview it before the kids get a chance to see it. Other than the caution for the scary factor, definitely worth viewing artsy imaginative work.
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This was a little like watching Gumby. Yes, it was Claymation and the toys looked a little creepy to me, but my 6 year old daughter somehow enjoyed it so I have to give it at least a 4-star. She's actually watched it at least 3 x now since I've bought it for Christmas. The story does at least have a good moral value to it so that makes up for the creepy appearance of some of the characters. It has a very old European feel to it, lol. The main character is an old porcelain doll which creeps me out to begin with, but don't judge me on that. I've probably seen Chucky too many times.
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Wow, What can I say. This was a very cool movie. I liked it because it's off the beaten bath and very entertaining. the effort was well played and the quality shows in the end product. I will watch this many times over. Give it a try and you will not be disappointed. It sneaks up on you...
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The English version is very unique and well crafted. Jiri has done great work in the past and this movie is nothing short of magical. The movie kept my attention from beginning to end and the voice-overs fit the characters perfectly. My girlfriends two daughters really enjoyed it. Two thumbs up.
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Fabulous movie, using weird old crap in an attic. Victorian doll, overfed bear, weird knight puppet, and animate turd-with-bottlecap defeat perverted plaster bust (With animate gloves, eye on cable, and various minions). Then they all eat cake. In between grandma and kid do laundry, several floods and furniture climbing happen, various train and airline wrecks occur, and Marie Curie reincarnates as a mechanistic mouse.
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This movie takes you to a strange and dark world of forgotten toys living in the attic of a house using the classic, rough form of stop-motion animation. The story in itself starts out slow and whimsical as you enter the lives of the toys, but things get more and more strange as the story goes on. These toys carry on with their lives until a dark character, looming in a dank and dreary part of the attic, begins to meddle in their lives. With this bizarre, imaginative world and mixture of wonderful, old-school art, I definitely recommend this to anyone who can appreciate the work that went into this movie. This movie, however, has very dark undertones and can be scary to some young viewers. But, my two-year-old daughter seemed to enjoy the movie. This is definitely one of those to gather the family together and grab some sweets for movie night.
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This never really clicked for me.

I think I kept expecting something better, and it never arrived.

Or may I was comparing it with /A Town Called Panic/. It is, trust me, no /A Town Called Panic/. Not even close.

Then again, since it is rated PG, I may be a lot older than the target audience, and the target audience may love it.
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