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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.

Director:

Dave McKean

Writers:

Neil Gaiman (story), Dave McKean (story) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Andy Hamilton ... Small Hairy
Simon Harvey ... Sphinx
Lenny Henry ... Cops 1-4
Robert Llewellyn ... Gryphon
Eryl Maynard ... Mrs. Bagwell
Eve Pearce Eve Pearce ... Future Fruit Lady
Nik Robson Nik Robson ... Pingo / Bing (as Nik Robinson)
Victoria Williams Victoria Williams ... Nurse
Rick Allen ... Man In a Box
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Carobna maska See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

  • Number of animators on the film: 15
  • Number of animation days per shot
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Goofs

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

Quotes

Valentine: What did you say your name was?
Helena: Helena.
Valentine: Helena. Helen. Helen-nun-nuh... it's a bit drab, isn't it? You know, you should think about changing that. Go for something with a bit of dignity and style, mixed with a bit of romance. Something like... 'Valentine'.
Helena: Why? What's your name?
Valentine: Valentine.
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Connections

Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #32.6 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

My Waltz for Newk
Performed by Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen
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I thought it was better than Labrynth. I know you don't believe me.
3 February 2005 | by PairodoxSee all my reviews

This is my first review, so pardon me for any clumsiness in its composition. As such I am nervously avoiding any discussion of the plot, lest I spoil anything.

This is a continuation of the tradition of fantastical films about the adolescent transition of young women. Other films in this vein are "Alice in Wonderland", "Paperhouse",and "Labrynth." The film was produced by Henson Studios, and is presented like their other features, but rather than puppets and elaborate sets, animation replaces those elements.

Visually I found it stunning. I am familiar with McKean's work, and I found this to be amongst his best. It was distinctly McKean's style. The use of color was phenomenal, as well as surreal composition. I was enthralled seeing his creations in literal motion, rather than the usual implied motion. I personally thought there were a number of visual references to other great films, but I'll leave that to your opinion. I thought the direction clearly demonstrated his grasp of composition.

The writing was true to Gaiman's tradition of off-beat fairy tales. The pacing was dreamlike, flowing between slow moments of beauty and exposition to frenetic moments of fierce action. Humor, dark and otherwise, punctuated the film. The dialogue was very strong.

I was also very fond of the use of sound. One scene is a frightening and beautiful music video, that can be lifted out of the film completely and carry itself. It fits better in the film, but doesn't need to.

The film fits extremely well with all of the previous Henson Productions. I suggest having seen "Dark Crystal", "Labrynth", and "Jim Henson's The Storyteller" before viewing this. The piece fits very well with these.


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