Mirrormask (2005)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  3 March 2006 (UK)
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In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena / Anti-Helena
Morris Campbell / Prime Minister
Joanne Campbell / Queen of Light / Queen of Shadows
Aunt Nan
Andy Hamilton ...
Small Hairy
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Mrs. Bagwell
Eve Pearce ...
Future Fruit Lady
Pingo / Bing (as Nik Robinson)
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In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year-old girl named Helena who works at the family circus with her father and mother, who wishes--quite ironically--that she could run away from the circus and join 'real life'. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, Monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. She must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get back home. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Adventure | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 March 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Carobna maska  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$126,449 (USA) (30 September 2005)


$864,959 (USA) (9 December 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Helena reaches for the copy of "The Complete History of Everything" in the library, the book directly beside it is entitled "Muppets in Space," using the font from Farscape (1999). "Farscape" is another Jim Henson Company production set in space. This joke is often mistaken for Muppets from Space (1999), the 1999 film. See more »


Dwarf actor Peter Burroughs is misspelled in the end credits. See more »


Prime Minister: Right, and you reckon that's the charm, hmm?
Citizen: Yes.
Prime Minister: I'd have to say, to me, it looks rather like half a brick.
Citizen: Not really. Well... a bit...
Prime Minister: it's half a brick isn't it?
Citizen: Ermmmmm...
Prime Minister: Good try, thanks for coming. Next.
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Referenced in Coraline (2009) See more »


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Performed by Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen
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Like Nothing You've Ever Seen
2 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I'm another of those who saw this at Sundance, and all the things I enjoy about Gaiman and McKean's graphic novels were on display: the quiet humor, the intelligence, the delightful weirdness, the astounding visual vocabulary. Except that in this case, the words are spoken by good actors, and all those visuals get up off their feet and move.

It's hard to describe the impact of watching a McKean painting move and talk. There might be those who quibble about the movie looking too animated, but of course that's exactly the point: to create a world and make it dance. The end result, visually at least, is like nothing you've ever seen before, and absolutely worth seeing for that reason alone.

Some of the people I talked to after the screening also loved the visuals but felt the story was a bit dull, that they had seen it all before. Well, it's true that the story does wear its influences on its sleeve--a little "Alice in Wonderland" here, a little "Time Bandits" there, a lot of "Wizard of Oz" over here, not to mention a resemblance to Gaiman's own "Coraline." But I'm just as familiar with those stories as anyone else, and the resemblances never interrupted my enjoyment of "MirrorrMask"--after all, it's what you do with a story that determines its success. And from moment to moment, there was enough innovation and cleverness, enough delight and wonder, to make the movie a positive delight.

I can imagine kids sitting in the audience with their eyes agog; and I can imagine their parents sitting next to them, just as agog for a whole different set of reasons. "MirrorMask" may or may not be too wild to be a full-out commercial success; but I predict it's going to have a long, long shelf life. I know I'll be buying the DVD as soon as it's available, so that I can show it to people and say "Wait till you see this."

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