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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

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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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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

The MirrorMask title is shown on the record that is playing when Helena and Valentine enter Mrs. Bagwell's apartment. See more »

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

Chicken: [referring to Helena] Look at that face, gives you the willies.
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Connections

References The Princess Bride (1987) 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 baho-1See 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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