Toys in the Attic is a new family film that is part stop motion animation and part live action. The film does not appear to use any clay in the animation, but things we would find lying around the house. There is a more realistic look to the film than those clay animation films like Tim Burton’s. This film is from the Czech Republic, and the voices were replaced with English ones for the release stateside. The characters in the film look a little weird and freaky, so hopefully this won’t be scaring any children. The story is reminiscent of Toy Story.
Toys in the Attic features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Vivian Schilling, Emily Hahn, Douglas Urbanski, and Americo Simonini. Ji?í Barta directed the film.
“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 Basuari), and “a diabolically inventive tale that is four parts Toy Story and one part Tim Burton (New York International Children’s 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.
“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.”
Toys in the Attic is in theatres September 7, 2012.
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by Sarah Ksiazek