“Toys in the Attic” is a stop-motion animated film set in the magical world of the attic in a home in Prague. In this complex society of toys and knick-knacks come to life, the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the Land of Evil in the East (mirroring the Cold War political realities that inspired director Jiri Barta). The happy inhabitants of the West include a teddy bear named Teddy (voiced by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker); “Madam Curie,” a mechanical mouse (Joan Cusack); a marionette puppet named Sir Handsome (Cary Elwes); and a beautiful doll named Buttercup (Vivian Schilling).
All is well in the West side of the attic until Buttercup is kidnapped by the evil Head of State from the East. Then it’s up to her friends to stage a daring rescue to get their beloved Buttercup back.
“Toys in the Attic” was originally produced in the Czech language by Jiri Barta, who worked for three years with a team of artists and animators to create a lushly animated film that has been called a “meticulously crafted visual feast.” The film, which is rated PG for some mild peril and brief smoking, is scheduled for a limited release on September 7, 2012 by Hannover House.