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Toys in the Attic Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times

    The narrative, though, is mere scaffolding for Barta's richly realized world, a kind of hand-hewn 3-D cinema that's testament to the limitlessness of imagination.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The movie should be manna for anyone who likes animated fantasias without wisecracks, commercials and overwrought warbling about self-actualization, meaning that it's suitable for those who will grow up either to be the next Tim Burton or simply to enjoy his movies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Foreign stop-action film blends the beautiful and grotesque.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toys in the Attic is the English-dubbed version of a 2009 Czech film. A combination of stop-action and live-action characters, the movie is too menacing -- and some of the creatures too frightening -- for younger moviegoers. While the "secret life of toys" set-up might sound like Toy Story, the characters can be downright creepy, and the evil Head (who smokes cigars) incredibly disturbing (he's obsessed with kidnapping an antique doll and forcing her to do his bidding). Tweens with a sophisticated film palate or an interest in stop-action animation will be intrigued, but it's not for younger kids.

  • Families can talk about how the filmmakers employed the use of real humans/objects mixed with the stop-motion figures. Was the result different than films that include computer-generated characters? Which do you prefer?
  • Some of the characters were frightening. Do you think Toys in the Attic is more an art-house film or a family film?
  • Can you tell that this movie wasn't made by an American studio? How? Are there other foreign animated movies that you enjoy?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's message can be perceived as a tribute to unconditional friendship and the lengths that true friends will go to in order to rescue someone they love.

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    Role models: Buttercup's friends all valiantly attempt to save her from the grips of the Head and his minions. Buttercup stands up for herself even though she's also a very maternal character who takes care of her friends.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There's a menacing tone to much of the film, particularly the parts concerning the Head, the black cat, and the rest of their allies. Buttercup is kidnapped by the Head's minions, including a rogue cat and a swarm of creepy crawlies. A toy made out of clay is squashed but can reform himself.

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    Sex: Some sinister sexual undertones to the way the Head treats Buttercup; he asks her to give him a kiss (on the forehead) and forces her to spoon-feed him.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The Head smokes a cigar.