Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!
The siblings Noah and Emma travel with their mother Jo from Seattle to the family cottage in Whidbey Island to spend a couple of days while their workaholic father David Wilder is working. They find a box of toys from the future in the water and bring it home, and Emma finds a stuffed rabbit called Mimzy, and stones and a weird object, but they hide their findings from their parents. Mimzy talks telepathically to Emma and the siblings develop special abilities, increasing their intelligences to the level of genius. Their father becomes very proud when Noah presents a magnificent design in the fair of science and technology, and his teacher Larry White and his mystic wife Naomi Schwartz become interested in the boy when he draws a mandala. When Noah accidentally assembles the objects and activates a powerful generator creating a blackout in the state, the FBI arrests the family trying to disclose the mystery. But Emma unravels the importance to send Mimzy back to the future. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The first scene of Noah's science class starts at 02:03 by zooming out from the balding spot on Rainn Wilson's head. Director Robert Shaye "wanted to indicate he was an aging hippie." See more »
In the scene (from 04:32 to 05:55 on the DVD) where Noah Wilder is in his bedroom, wearing pajamas and playing a video game, his father comes home late and visits with him. In one shot when Noah throws his video game controller down, you can see he is bare-foot. In the very next shot from a different angle, as his father is talking to him, Noah is wearing slippers. (Note: This is a "full-frame-only goof", not visible in the wide screen versions, because their frames were made by cropping 41.7% of the height of the spherical 35 mm film negative frames, cutting Noah's bare feet out of the frame, although his slippers can still be seen at 04:41. The full height of the negative is shown in the full frame version, leaving Noah's bare feet in their frames.) Also in this scene Noah's left leg is propped up when he is playing the video game but then when he is talking to his Dad it is his right leg that is propped up. See more »
Teacher in Meadow:
Today, I'm going to show you a story. Let's all tune in together. A long time ago, the soul of our planet was sick. People had become isolated...warlike. Our world was frightened. It was dying. But a great scientist was trying to save us. He had tried many times, and knew he could only try once more. This was the last Mimzy.
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Very good adaptation of a classic sf short story, "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett (pseudonym used by sf authors and spouses Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore). Some changes, of course, updating it to present time (story was originally set in 1942, published in 1943), expanding the story a bit -- but overall, nice work.
I thought the kids' interactions were very true to life -- sniping and fussing at each other and at the same time being close and loving. Especially liked the little girl's interaction with Mimzy, dressing it in doll clothes, having a tea party.
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