Mary Poppins Returns
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The narrative ... 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.
The movie is passionately retro, but Barta shows his methods can create a world every bit as engrossing as the latest CGI.
A strange, and not entirely successful, hybrid of a kiddie story and dark, mature themes.
There may be a metaphor afloat here - something about the folly of those who devour their own - in between some glorious imagery and what is finally a sweet little story.
It could itself be a dusty but treasured rediscovered artifact from another era.
Barta's shorts are available on DVD; you're better off getting a dose of the uncut goods.
Will probably appeal mostly to fans of strange animation like the Quay brothers' efforts, not to regular family audiences.
It feels like an experimental short subject stretched to feature length.
The pithy American-release title seems intended to suggest a kinship between this film and the Pixar 'Toy Story' series. It might be more helpful to remember that the phrase 'toys in the attic' is a synonym for insanity.
It stands in sharp contrast to anything we've seen from American filmmakers of late: equal parts creepy, whimsical and political.
Czech it out: From the Eastern European region known for Oscar-winning animation comes a toy story with Grimm undertones.
...strange and wonderful in a creepy way that might upset its youngest clients. It plays a bit like Toy Story meets Brazil, a hand-crafted children's story with the air of sinister political satire.
When mother-figure doll Buttercup is kidnapped by an evil head (!), the other toys go on a surreal journey through the old home to rescue her in this Czech stop-motion animated feature. It seems lazy and obvious to describe this as 50% TOY STORY, 50% Jan Svankmajer, but that's exactly how the movie plays out. Hard to believe the head who spies anywhere in the house with his eyeball on a slithering stalk wouldn't give Czech children nightmares, but maybe they're tougher-minded than American kids.
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