It feels like an experimental short subject stretched to feature length.
Barta's shorts are available on DVD; you're better off getting a dose of the uncut goods.
| Original Score: 2/5
A strange, and not entirely successful, hybrid of a kiddie story and dark, mature themes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Will probably appeal mostly to fans of strange animation like the Quay brothers' efforts, not to regular family audiences.
| Original Score: C
The movie is passionately retro, but Barta shows his methods can create a world every bit as engrossing as the latest CGI.
| Original Score: 3/4
...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.
| Original Score: 87/100
It could itself be a dusty but treasured rediscovered artifact from another era.
| Original Score: B+
Jirí Barta's film is a disturbing through-the-looking-glass reflection of traditional fairy tales.
It stands in sharp contrast to anything we've seen from American filmmakers of late: equal parts creepy, whimsical and political.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Foreign stop-action film blends the beautiful and grotesque.
| Original Score: 4/5
Memorable? Not really. Trippy? Dude.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
Czech it out: From the Eastern European region known for Oscar-winning animation comes a toy story with Grimm undertones.