in the Attic
Directed by Jiri Barta
An Emily Blunt Review
in the Attic
is an amazing stop-motion animated mind trip filled with creativity
and smile-inducing bits that continually top each other in their
imagination. The film stars the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan
Cusack and Cary Elwesin in a limited theater release in this English-speaking
goes…It’s just another day for the toys and
brick-a-brack that have been left in the attic to fend for themselves.
Long forgotten by their children and people owners they’ve
happily created a workforce and transportation system to move
around their living space.
meet a cute quartet of friends who share an old suitcase together.
They awake and get ready for their daily routine in what you sense
in a daily working for each. The head of this house hold is a
cheap-looking, but kind doll, named Buttercup (Vivian Schilling).
the attic's small metropolis doesn't know it yet but they're all
about to run wildly off the rails today!
over on the dark side of the attic, known as The Land of Evil,
where the bad toys are stored, there’s a plan a foot to
kidnap the beautiful dolly Buttercup. The plan is nab the cutey
and force her to be the dark side’s queen to The Head of
State (a very chilling golden bust of a dictator-like megalomaniac
with Elvis-style sunglasses placed upon the junk long ago - played
by Jiri Labus, English-version voice by Douglas Urbanski).
today’s the day their big blue meany styled plans are orchestrated
into play today!
the old cat (a real cat) is involved in the abduction plans. Naughty
that Buttercup’s been snagged, the remaining trio Teddy
bear (Forest Whitaker), Sir Handsome, the marionette puppet (Cary
Elwes), Laurent, the ball of play-doh with stuff stuck all over
"him" (who just makes noise), and information expert,
the mechanical mouse Madame Currie (Joan Cusack) set out to cross
the international boundary and rescue Buttercup. They also enlist
the whole community they live among; very cute.
trip will send them to parts unknown, and sights unseen. But,
toys can be brave little things as we all remember.
characters in the Prague-based film are very original. There’s
a few that will creep you out to your core…so smaller children
may be spooked (just be aware). While a few parts are a tad confusing
(when they convert the cat to puppet, and climbing a door for
example), the whole crew get an A grade for serious originality.
One critic said it’s like Toy Story meets Tim Burton.
Okay, but then it would be stripped of its A grading as the comparisons
are masterpieces. It may sell tickets but, folks wont be happy
they've been semi-duped...
in the Attic is really original; not story-wise but in the
use of objects and mixing of animation and live acting and stop
motion. The audience that will embrace its 80 minutes is probably
neither of the fore-mentioned lot. The Head's cockroach henchman
alone could make the wee-ones need therapy it's so mean and icky
- I shivered every time it had screen time (so PG-13? 'cause cutesy
Toy Story this aint). But, film-lovers and celluloid
art seekers will rejoice (finding a new voice in director Barta),
while others, thinking Burton/Toy Story time, may get
Recommendation: Big old hot-air popped corn snuck in
...with REAL butter; treats to accent this treat
in the Attic Trailer: http://youtu.be/DM4enqA0H4w
for it in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth,
Memphis and N.W. Arkansas, expanding to additional cities in the