“Strange, beautiful and intricately told … delightfully weird
with glorious imagery … a sweet little story.”
—NEW YORK TIMES
Toys in the Attic is a meticulously crafted visual feast, combining multiple forms of animation into an enchanting and fantastic adventure for the entire family.
Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, this award-winning stop-motion animated feature has been called “An animation masterpiece” (Anima Basuari), and “a diabolically inventive tale that is four parts Toy Story and one part Tim Burton (New York International Children’s Film Festival).
The setting for the film was inspired by the cultural and political contrast of the Cold War era and its impact on director Jiří Barta and the Czech Republic. The world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the Land of Evil in the East. The despotic Head of State rules over the Land of Evil with a band of sinister minions, insects and rotted vegetables. When the lovely Buttercup (Vivian Schilling) is kidnapped and held prisoner by The Head (Jiří Labus, with voice by Douglas Urbanski), it is up to her friends - a teddy bear (Forest Whitaker), a mechanical mouse (Joan Cusack) and marionette puppet (Cary Elwes) to cross the international boundary and attempt their daring rescue.
Featuring the Voices of FOREST WHITAKER, JOAN CUSACK,
VIVIAN SCHILLING & CARY ELWES
Animation, Fantasy, Family, International Cinema
WRITERS: Edgar Dutka (Screenplay) Jiří Barta (Screenplay) Vivian Schilling (Adaptation)
DIRECTOR: Jiří Barta, Vivian Schilling (Adaptation)
PRODUCERS: Edgar Dutka, Vivian Schilling (Adaptation)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Vivian Schilling & Cary Elwes
“Amazing! A weirder and darker version of Toy Story from the European Tim Burton.”
“Visually delightful … the stop motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent.”
—LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Lovely … a richly imagined world.”
“Vividly imaginative … Passionately retro.”
—NEW YORK POST
“The Magical World of Barta”
Behind the Scenes of Toys in the Attic
Featuring production clips and an in-depth interview with Vivian Schilling about the creative and technical processes behind the making of Toys in the Attic, the English adaptation of Jiří Barta’s masterpiece, Na Půdě. Watch Now
“Jiří Barta Retrospective Short”
Biographical photos, film clips and behind the scenes stills from the production Na Půdě (aka Toys in the Attic) are presented in this brief retrospective on Czech filmmaker, Jiří Barta. Watch Now