In the year of stop-motion, we also have the English-language version of the acclaimed 2009 Czech feature, Toys in the Attic (Hannover House, Sept. 7). Helmed by acclaimed stop-motion vet Jiri Barta, the adventure has been described as Toy Story meets The Princess Bride. Vivian Schilling oversaw the English-language version.
Set behind the doors of a dusty attic, the adorable doll Buttercup plays mom to a motley family of castaways: the station master Teddy Bear, clay-animated Schubert, and the Quixotic marionette knight Sir Handsome. In this enchanted world every day is a birthday, until a mysterious black cat kidnaps the beloved Buttercup and takes her to the Land of Evil ruled by the villainous Head of State, who commands an army of mechanical, mustachioed insects and an all seeing spying eye. Both a wonderfully spooky children’s fairy tale and Soviet-era allegory. Featuring the voice talents of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes.