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Toys in the Attic [Blu-ray]
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Great film! My son and I are fans of offbeat stop motion animation and found this film to be a real gem. We discovered it at our library and was happy to buy it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mamabear
creepy but my 10 yr old granddaughter loved it and understood it.Published 11 months ago by lledbetter
Its more of a clay animation movie than a regular animation movie. For all the work put into the making of this movie. Its plot is simple.Published 12 months ago by Joan Lenz
I'm writing this review as I watch it.
20 minutes in: Animation is wonderful, but I am thoroughly bored out of my mind. Stopped the film to read reviews. Read more