‘Toys in the Attic’ Trailer

Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes star in this stop motion tale where toys are divided into good and evil factions.

Hannover House has released the first trailer for Toys in the Attic, an English language adaptation of director Jirí Barta's stop motion animated adventure. The story takes place in a Prague attic with the toys divided into good and bad sides, which serves as an allegory to the Cold War. Take a look at the first footage, featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes.

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 Jirí 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 (Jirí Lábus, 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.

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.

Toys in the Attic was released September 7th, 2012 and stars Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Vivian Schilling, Marcelo Tubert, Douglas Urbanski, Emily Hahn, Sandy Holt. The film is directed by JirĂ­ Barta, Vivian Schilling.

Sources: Hannover House

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  1. A7sus4

    I like the stop motion stuff, but this looks like a total stinker.

    3 years agoby @a7sus4Flag


    @Dragon1991 Well I definitely don't like it...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. Dragon1991

    @mcleve02 I think they did that on purpose. I think they were pushing towards on the old style of stop motion hence on how choppy it looks.

    3 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag


    They do realize there is newer technology out there to make your animation not look like sh*t... this movie looks very bad... not seeing this one

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. mb11

    ....well that was sh*t....

    3 years agoby @mbrandon11Flag

  6. The Knight Has Risen

    As fan of stop-motion animation, this looks extremely bland and lazily put together.

    3 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  7. Jacob Fredrick

    so jaon cusack who played a toy is playing a toy

    3 years agoby @Jacob-FredrickFlag

  8. rjh094

    A creepy version of Toy Story that I'm not interested in whatsoever.

    3 years agoby @rjh094Flag

  9. ridgl

    Cary Elwes ACTUALLY SAID "my Princess Bride." Do you think he got the job because of that line or that line was added when he was in the movie? Either way, its stupid.

    3 years agoby @ridglFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    That's a messed up toy attic. The animation reminded me of Kafka's The Hand. Doesn't look like it will perform well

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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