Toys In The Attic (Na Pude) (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Toys In The Attic (Na Pude)
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.
Audience Reviews for Toys In The Attic (Na Pude)
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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