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.
Audience Reviews for Toys In The Attic (Na Pude)
Stop Motion animation can be captivating but the story must merit the time and expense of the tedious production and Na Pude the Czech Republics answer to Toy Story just doesn't have the story to be captivating. A bit dark for kids and not interesting enough (even with the hidden metaphor) for adults to really garner the attention it seeks.
I get that this is about the fall of the Iron Curtain and Toys in the Attic is a phrase describing insanity so putting the two together is pretty straightforward. It's watered down to where here and there you can see the wall and the big gold rhinestone bust leader of the bad side where it's more apparent but otherwise it's just some mighty creepy animation that makes Tim Burton's stop motion characters look cuddly in comparison.
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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