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Mirrormask (2005)

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In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a fifteen-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
... Valentine
... Morris Campbell / Prime Minister
... Joanne Campbell / Queen of Light / Queen of Shadows
... Aunt Nan
... Librarian
Andy Hamilton ... Small Hairy
... Sphinx
... Cops 1-4
... Gryphon
... Mrs. Bagwell
Eve Pearce ... Future Fruit Lady
Nik Robson ... Pingo / Bing (as Nik Robinson)
Victoria Williams ... Nurse
... Man In a Box
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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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An extraordinary dream quest to rescue a world out of balance. See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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

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3 March 2006 (UK)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,449, 2 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$864,959, 11 December 2005
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Josefine Cronholm's version of Burt Bacharach's classic song "Close to You", performed in the film during the scene where Helena is dressed by mechanical handmaidens, was inspired by composer Wayne Horvitz's 1997 cover version of the song featured in the tribute album "Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach" (sung by Julie Wolf and Robin Holcomb). See more »

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After Helena holds up the key while looking at the tower, the immediate next shot shows the key facing the opposite direction. See more »

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Nurse: Listen, I don't want you tiring her out.
Helena: What do you think I'm going to do? Take her dancing?
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Referenced in Coraline (2009) See more »

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If I Apologise
Performed by Josefine Cronholm & Ashley Slater
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Eye Candy, Cake, Cookies and Pastries
31 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a visually mesmerizing film that takes movie fantasy into new territory. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Wizard of Oz performed by Cirque de Soleil. MirrorMask takes a comic-book approach to Good vs. Evil, with 15-year-old Helena as the protagonist who must find the MirrorMask and save the Light Kingdom.

But the story isn't nearly as important as the fantastic creatures and hallucinatory imagery that parade non-stop through Helena's fantastic journey. Director and writer (and frequent collaborators) Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman leap into the movie business with extraordinary confidence and derring-do. They are both legendary successes and have a devoted fan base from comic books (the Sandman series, for one), novels, short stories, posters, CD art, and much more.

It quickly becomes clear that MirrorMask is the creation of talented and imaginative artists completely unfettered by the bounds of traditional film-making. As a result, it is a bold departure from anything you have ever seen on the screen before. The story is simple enough and the visuals so wondrous that most children should find the movie enjoyable (unless they've become action-oriented adrenaline addicts). Yet the writing is sufficiently deep to satisfy the most thoughtful of adults.

I spoke to both McKean and Gaiman at one of the Sundance screenings and found them both polite, thoughtful and interesting. I told them that MirrorMask was the kind of movie I wanted to see again immediately. It is lovely enough to warrant a second look. And there's enough meat on the bones to go back and catch what you might have missed. The last movie I felt that way about was Memento, one of my all-time favorites.


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