Czech art director’s Jirí Barta, director Vivian Schilling, and screenwriter Edgar Dutka‘s Toys in the Attic (2009) English adaptation was written, produced and directed by Schilling has just been released in North America (March 5th) on Video On Demand (VOD). Toys in the Attic is a stop-motion animated film that isn’t just a masterpiece of animation: it is a cleverly created festival of the imagination! Toys tossed aside take on a life of their own in the attic. The original version of the film was produced by Milos Smidmajer. The film stars the voice over talent of Academy Award-Winner Forest Whitaker (Where the Wild Things Are), Joan Cusack (Toy Story 3), Vivian Schilling (Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories), Douglas Urbanski (The Social Network) and Cary Elwes (Adventures of Tin Tin).
Synopsis: 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. It is up to her friends to cross the international boundary and attempt their daring rescue.
Voiced by an all-star cast, this critically acclaimed animated film unlocks a secret world of discarded toys, knick-knacks and assorted junk, long forgotten in an old attic. In this fun-filled fairy tale adventure, the beautiful doll Buttercup (Shilling) resides in an old trunk with her friends Sir Handsome (Elwes), Teddy (Whitaker), Madame Curie (Cusack) and others. Living in a world divided by the happy toys of the west and the evil of the east, the friends must come together when Buttercup is kidnapped to the Land of Evil. This fantastical feature will entertain and delight audiences of all ages.
Images, synopsis and trailer courtesy of Hannover House ‘Toys in the Attic’ and Freestyle Media. All rights reserved.