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Toys in the Attic

“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.”
—USA TODAY

“Visually delightful … the stop motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent.”
—LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Lovely … a richly imagined world.”
—WASHINGTON POST

 “Vividly imaginative … Passionately retro.”
—NEW YORK POST

 For More Reviews and Articles on Toys in the Attic

VIEW TRAILER

“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

TOYS IN THE ATTIC PHOTO GALLERY

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SPECIAL ENCORE THEATRICAL SCREENING

“TOYS IN THE ATTIC”
at NYC’s FILM FORUM

Sunday, October 9, 2016,
11:00 am 
209 W Houston St,
New York, NY 10014

English adaptation
writer-producer-director
VIVIAN SCHILLING
will be introduce the film

"Toys in the Attic" 

www.FilmForum.org

“As a producer the job description can vary wildly, but always comes with an unshakable companion—the ever present gremlin at your ear whispering that the entire film will fall apart if you stop for a second.”

—Vivian Schilling, “Bonobos Land Across the Atlantic”

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