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The Flying Machine (2011)

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'The Flying Machine' is a 3D live action/animation family feature film about a stressed out business-woman, Georgie (played by Heather Graham), who takes her two children to see the ... See full summary »

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Geoff Lindsey (story and screenplay), Marianela Maldonado (story) | 2 more credits »
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Heather Graham ... Georgie
Benedict Wong ... Lang Lang (voice)
Lang Lang ... Himself
Steve Cookman Steve Cookman ... Crowd Voices (voice)
Jamie Munns Jamie Munns ... Fred
Sandra Portman Sandra Portman ... Chip Chip (voice)
Kizzy Mee Kizzy Mee ... Jane
Ellie Jewell Ellie Jewell ... Fred (voice)
Lucy De Franca Lucy De Franca ... Crowd Voices (voice)
John Paul Sutherland John Paul Sutherland ... Crowd Voices (voice)
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'The Flying Machine' is a 3D live action/animation family feature film about a stressed out business-woman, Georgie (played by Heather Graham), who takes her two children to see the animation film 'Magic Piano', which is being performed live by world famous pianist Lang Lang. A magical event occurs and Georgie's kids get transported inside the animation world, and Georgie has to pursue them, with a little help from Maestro Lang Lang. The "Magic Piano" which is a stop-motion animation tells a story of Anna, a girl whose dad had to leave Poland to work in London. Anna and her cousin Chip Chip find a broken piano which magically transforms into a flying machine and takes them across the Europe. The girl hopes to meet her longing dad. Written by Anonymous

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4 November 2011 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Chiêc Dàn Ky Diêu See more »

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Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Op. 10 No. 1 Waterfall etude
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Lang Lang
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Terrible, Incongruous, Boring, Awkward, Confusing, Pointless
11 January 2014 | by Art_of_AimeeSee all my reviews

This feels like a movie created by AI rather than humans. It is AWFUL. The animated short "The Magic Piano" should be pulled out and re-packaged as a short; the stop-motion animation there is charming and the dialogue-free story told through Chopin's music would work for many people of various ages. Instead, "The Magic Piano" is jammed into this bizarre low-budget framing starring Heather Graham--huh? Did she lose a bet to someone?) that is at best a redundant rehashing of the plot points in "The Magic Piano." This framing story drags and drags painfully along (with tidbits of Chopin trivia artlessly and bizarrely squeezed in along the way). The children who watched this with me started commenting "This movie is way too long" at 30 minutes in, and I felt awful that their parents did not shut the thing off to spare them.

I cannot believe anyone has given this positive reviews unless paid to do so, which is why I am taking the time to explain my 1-star rating. It appears from the credits that a number of international entities collaborated to get this made (one of them has to be a Chinese Tourism Board of some kind), and this is my plea to the world that we abandon further attempts to make any films in this artless and painful way.


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