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MirrorMask -- 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.
MirrorMask -- 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.
MirrorMask -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Neil Gaiman (story) &
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Release Date:
28 October 2005 (Canada) See more »
Tagline:
An extraordinary dream quest to rescue a world out of balance. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Incredible visuals and great story See more (150 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stephanie Leonidas ... Helena / Anti-Helena

Jason Barry ... Valentine

Rob Brydon ... Morris Campbell / Prime Minister

Gina McKee ... Joanne Campbell / Queen of Light / Queen of Shadows

Dora Bryan ... Aunt Nan

Stephen Fry ... Librarian
Andy Hamilton ... Small Hairy

Simon Harvey ... Sphinx

Lenny Henry ... Cops 1-4

Robert Llewellyn ... Gryphon

Eryl Maynard ... Mrs. Bagwell
Eve Pearce ... Future Fruit Lady

Nik Robson ... Pingo / Bing (as Nik Robinson)
Victoria Williams ... Nurse
Rick Allen ... Man In a Box
Gina D'Angelo ... Heir of Insanity Woman
Simon Schofield ... Heir of Insanity Man
Silvia Fratelli ... Mimbre
Lina Johansson ... Mimbre
Emma Noris ... Mimbre (as Emma Norin)
Peachi Pangea ... Pyrotechnic Artist
Mark Tate ... Stilt Walker
Richard Thompson ... Tat - The Strongman / Gorilla
Robin Thompson ... Magician
Iain Ballamy ... Circus band - band leader and soprano sax
Chris Batchelor ... Circus band - trumpet
Stian Carstensen ... Circus band - button accordian
Martin France ... Circus band - drum kit
Stuart Hall ... Circus band - violin and banjo
Dave Powell ... Circus band - sousaphone
Trifon Trifanov ... Circus band - alto sax
Peter Borroughs ... Red Troll
Rusty Goffe ... Yellow Gnome
Kerry Jay ... Music Box Dancer
Fiona Reynard ... Receptionist
Nick Dainton ... Politician / Monkeybirds
Nick Jackson ... Male Giant / Mr. Shoe-Thing / Monkeybirds
Mark Perry ... Politician / Monkeybirds
Kate Robbins ... Female Giant / Mrs. Shoe-Thing / Chicken
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stuart St. Paul ... Ticket Buyer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dave McKean 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Neil Gaiman (story) &
Dave McKean (story)

Neil Gaiman (teleplay)

Produced by
Martin G. Baker .... executive producer
Lisa Henson .... executive producer
Simon Moorhead .... producer
Michael Polis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Iain Ballamy 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Shearn  (as Antony Shearn)
 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
 
Casting by
Louis Hammond 
 
Production Design by
Dave McKean 
 
Art Direction by
Zöe Trodden (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Lever 
 
Makeup Department
Michele Bell .... hair designer (as Michelle Davison-Bell)
Michele Bell .... makeup designer (as Michelle Davison-Bell)
Sam Smart .... hair stylist
Sam Smart .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tessa Beazley .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Janine Bevan .... third assistant director
Oli Blanc .... second assistant director
Jo Lea .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Guy Bernard .... construction manager
Paul Frost .... production buyer
Justin Hayzelden .... stand-by props
Greg Mason .... painter
Gwen Murray .... art department trainee: FT2
Ashley Murray-Fowler .... carpenter
Gary Nutkins .... trainee carpenter
Stuart Walpole .... stand-by props
Kate Wicks .... production buyer
Jason Wood .... property master
James Wright .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
John Crossland .... boom operator
Pete Freshney .... boom operator
Dan Green .... adr recordist
David Hunt .... sound effects editor
Hugh Johnson .... sound designer
Hugh Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Gareth Llewellyn .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Paul Miller .... boom operator
Stefan Mørk .... dialogue editor
James Perry .... adr recordist
Ian Sands .... production sound mixer
Larry Sider .... supervising sound editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley supervisor (as Barnaby Smith)
Barnaby Smyth .... sound designer (as Barnaby Smith)
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
David Turner .... sound technical coordinator
Alan Cridford .... location music mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Baguley .... digital coordinator
Dave Barnard .... post production technical supervisor
Pete Coogan .... managing director: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Jocelyn Deborne .... systems administrator
Daniel Gerhardt .... animator
Daniel Gerhardt .... digital effects artist
Pawel Grochola .... animator
Pawel Grochola .... digital effects artist
Arjun Gupte .... animator
Arjun Gupte .... digital effects artist
Peter Guyan .... systems engineer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Alexis Hall .... lead animator
Alexis Hall .... lead digital effects artist
Trevor Harvey .... animator
Trevor Harvey .... digital effects artist
Richard Hince .... head of motion capture: Artem Digital
Sean Hince .... motion capture supervisor
Eliot Hobdell .... render wrangler
Katja Hollmann .... digital lab supervisor: Lipsync Post
Christian Jelen .... animator
Christian Jelen .... digital effects artist
Jordan Kirk .... animator
Jordan Kirk .... digital effects artist
Ellie Koorlander .... animator
Ellie Koorlander .... digital effects artist
Sian Lawson .... biomechanist
Paul Lee .... animator
Paul Lee .... digital effects artist
Katy Lemon .... scanning and recording: Lip Sync Post
Dave McKean .... compositor
Dave McKean .... texture artist
Max McMullin .... CGI producer
Max McMullin .... CGI supervisor
Matt Middleton .... digital effects artist
Matt Middleton .... lead animator (as Matthew Middleton)
Matt Middleton .... lead digital effects artist (as Matthew Middleton)
Jamie Niman .... animator
Jamie Niman .... digital effects artist
Mike J. Nixon .... lead animator (as Michael Nixon)
Mike J. Nixon .... lead digital effects artist (as Michael Nixon)
Evelina Persson .... animator
Evelina Persson .... digital effects artist
Mark J.G. Smith .... render wrangler
Martin Stacey .... animator
Martin Stacey .... digital effects artist
Ross Stansfield .... animator
Ross Stansfield .... digital effects artist
Toby Taplin .... lead animator
Toby Taplin .... lead digital effects artist
Dave Walker .... animator
Dave Walker .... digital effects artist
Keith Mottram .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... head of post production: Lip Sync Post (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stuart St. Paul .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Bell .... electrician
Steve Blythe .... electrician
Steve Blythe .... generator operator
Roy Elston .... rigger
Avelino Fernandez .... electrician (as Avalino Fernandez)
Kate Filby .... second assistant camera: re-shoots
Mike Gianotti .... electrician
Colin Ginger .... crane operator
Michael Green .... focus puller
Gwilym Hoosen-Owen .... electrician (as Gwilyn Hoosen-Owen)
Vanessa Kellas .... still photographer
Jody Knight .... grip
Nathan Mann .... first assistant camera
Jem Morton .... key grip
Pete Murray .... Steadicam operator
Mark Nutkins .... second second assistant camera
Sigge Rosen Rawlings .... video assistant operator (as Siggi Rosen-Rawlings)
Mark Spencer .... still photographer
Bill Vanderkris .... grip
Aaron Walters .... best boy
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
Colleen Webley .... second assistant camera
Dave Wells .... daily grip trainee
Tony Shearn .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Becky Brown .... costume assistant (as Rebecca Brown)
Yvonne Duckett .... costume assistant
Debbie O'Brien .... costume assistant (as Debbie O'Brian)
Nathalie Pateman .... costume assistant
Jane Spicer .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ruth Coulson .... first assistant editor
Keith Mottram .... post-production conforming editor: HDTV
 
Music Department
Iain Ballamy .... music arranger
Iain Ballamy .... music mixer
Iain Ballamy .... music producer
Igor Outkine .... musician
Ashley Slater .... music mixer
Ashley Slater .... music producer
Ashley Slater .... music programmer
Ashley Slater .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
Mickey Atkins .... driver: minibus
John Hogben .... location driver
Bill Lilburn .... location driver
Fred Russell .... location driver
Micky Webb .... location driver (as Mickey Webb)
 
Other crew
Tim Adnitt .... copyist
Jane Ballamy .... coordinator: circus performers
Brittan Brown .... post-production accounting services
Valentina Coccia .... production coordinator
Victor Gallucci .... stand-in
Nicole Goldman .... unit publicist
Louise Green .... assistant accountant
Kathy Hughes .... script supervisor
Kevin Kelly .... assistant: Lisa Henson
Nikki Lucas .... juggling double: Stephanie Leonidas
Anton Mackman .... juggling double: Rob Brydon
Andy Matthews .... stand-in
John O'Quigley .... operator: filmstream s-2 storage
Bill Riddlaw .... unit nurse
John Sargent .... financial controller
Lara Sargent .... first assistant accountant
Michael Scanlon .... floor runner
Heather Taylor .... script supervisor
Martin Vance .... unit nurse
Martin Warnes .... unit nurse
Mark Williams .... copyist
Daniel Grant .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and scary images
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
There were 70 masks within the film.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Dwarf actor Peter Burroughs is misspelled in the end credits.See more »
Quotes:
Valentine:I'm an important person you see. I have a tower, a wonderful tower it was, tall and grand.
Helena:Are you?
Valentine:Of course.
Helena:Where is your tower then?
Valentine:We aren't talking... We had an argument, you see.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Making of 'MirrorMask' (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
If I ApologiseSee more »

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37 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Incredible visuals and great story, 22 February 2006
Author: spacemonkey_fg from Puerto Rico

Title: Mirrormask (2005)

Director: Dave McKean

Cast: Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Jason Barry, Dora Bryan

Review: Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman have partnered up in the past to write some visually astounding children's books. McKean would take care of the artwork and Gaiman would take care of the story. This time around they have joined forces to create a film that very closely resembles their previous colaborations. Only this time around, the images move and actors say the words in this way helping to bring McKeans art and Gaimans words to vibrant life.

The story in Mirrormask is about a young girl called Helena. Her parents run a circus and she has been brought up in the circus environment, but lately shes been feeling like shes not really cut up for circus life. Helena and her mother have a fight about her not wanting to be in the circus anymore and she wishes her mother would die. On that same day, her mother falls ill and ends up in the hospital and Helenas conscience begins to bother her, after all, she did wish her mother was dead. And now she is close to dying. So once Helena falls as sleep thinking about all these things she enters her imaginary dreamworld where everything has a representation of what she knows from real life.

This is a very visual film. McKean fills the screen with his lush imagery. If you've seen McKeans artwork and know how beautiful it is, then you know how incredible it is to see his pictures come to life on this film. This movie is eye candy, and for those of you out there who love art and love films that give their utter most importance to their visual aspect, then you will love this movie. McKean fills the screen with really outlandish, strange, weird and dreamlike situations. Nothing is what you would expect.

Some people might feel that this type of movie is all style and art and no substance simply because its such a visual film. But I sincerely think that this is not the case with Mirrormask. With a writer like Neil Gaiman in charge, well, you can almost tell that the movie is going to have some deep psychological themes going on for it. And it does. Every character, every situation, every word spoken in Helenas dream world means something in Helenas real life. So be on the look out for those comparisons.

The movie has some truly astounding sequences that left me breathless and my jaw was dropping. First there was the giants orbiting sequence with these huge stone giants floating in the air and then there's this sequence in which Helena gets transformed into a dark princess that is simply amazing. They really did a good job of mixing music with visuals in that sequence. You'll just have to wait and see it to understand how beautiful it is.

This movie wears its influences on its sleaves and has no problems in showing that. There's many similarities between this movie and Labyrinth, Legend and most of all The Never Ending Story. Its the only thing I didn't love about this movie. It felt like they remade The Never Ending Story with elements from Labyrinth and Legend. Take all those movies, shake em together, add a little bit of psychological depth and incredible visuals and you've got Mirrormask. So if there's anything bad to say, its that in its narrative, its similar to a few other films. But on a visual level, its a whole other thing, so that sort of balances its self out.

I liked the fact that Helena wasn't a dumb little girl. She was very head strong and very smart. She wasn't a dumb little girl stumbling across a strange landscape. She was quick and witty and she realizes the situation in which she is in quickly and I liked that about her character which was very well played by Stephanie Leonides.

So in conclusion, this film will blow you away with both its visuals and its story. Its a mixed bag of other films you've seen before story wise, but on a visual level the film will be like nothing you've ever seen before.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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