Toys in the Attic (2009)
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
Featuring voice-over work by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes, Toys in the Attic was directed by Jiri Barta who also penned the story with Edgar Dutka. The English adaptation of this Czech Republic project was written, produced and directed by Vivian Schilling.
Toys in the Attic has won multiple festival awards including Grand Prize Winner at the New York International Children’s Film Festival, Best Movie at the Anima Basauri Festival (Spain), and Best Movie at Sitges Animation Festival. Look for it's limited release in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Memphis and N.W. Arkansas on September 7, expanding to additional cities in the following weeks.
Toys In The Attic - Trailer
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
This European take on "Toy Story" concerns a community of playthings that come to life when no humans are around, which is a good thing too because some of them are so creepy they might get unceremoniously smashed with a golf club if anyone saw them.
"Toy Story" alum Joan Cusack voices a character named Madam Curie (That explains it! All the toys got radiation poisoning!), while Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker voices a teddy bear. Fan fave actor Cary Elwes is back in swashbuckling form as the voice of Don Quixote lookalike Sir Handsome, although the Buttercup/"Princess Bride" reference may be a tad on-the-nose. Incidentally, the character of Buttercup seems to be missing her nose.
We know who to thank for that dialogue too,
But certainly more frightening is a trailer for the Us release of the Czech film Toys in the Attic. Directed by Vivian Schilling and Jiří Barta, the mix of live-action and stop-motion is a twist on Toy Story as we follow a girl and her toy collection, who come alive in a Cold War-esque environment. For those looking to be genuinely petrified, the animation
Having already seen this I can attest to its wonderful animation, lovable characters, and unique visuals. I’ll certainly give this dub a chance but Joan Cusack already ruined the Toy Story films for me. It
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