“Toys In The Attic” by Jiří­ Barta

Jiří­ Barta’s dark, mixed media (combining stop-mo, hand drawn, live action) feature, In The Attic (2009), is headed for a U.S. theatrical release starting September 7th. Hannover House will be releasing an English-adaptation of the film to theaters across the U.S. this fall. It’s an analogy based on the cultural and political contrasts of the Cold War era; the world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the Land of Evil in the East. Here’s a look at the original Czech trailer:


  • http://www.youtube.com/2MKcreations Matthew Koh

    Jiri Trnka’s Toy Story

    • Nic

      Wouldn’t say this is a very fair statement. The biggest similarity is that they are both toys. You have the ‘rescue’ plot, similar to the second Toy Story, but even then it stands separate.

    • http://los-utopicos.blogspot.com allari

      Reminded me more of Richard Williams’ Raggedy Ann film. :P

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    This looks fun! Much darker than ‘Toy Story’ and all hand-made animation.

  • http://artnote.blog.com Stephen

    After seeing Barta’s Krysar (Pied Piper of Hamelin) I’d check out anything of his.

  • The Crazy HR

    The original title is “Na půdÄ› aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny?” (which translated is “In the Attic, or Who Has a Birthday Today?”).
    I doubt that it will go well in the USA. The Czech gave it mostly positive reviews. Stop motion is more popular in Czech Republic because of its history and tradition there.

    Interesting is that they are releasing this 3 years after its original release…

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Doesn’t surprise me.

    • GhaleonQ

      Kuky’s Return just came out this year, too. Oblivion Island is coming out next week, I think. The United States gets screwed when it comes to quality feature-length animation.

      Dubbing, ugh.

  • http://www.Segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    Jiří Barta has made some exquisite and inventive stop motion shorts. Not better, but more dense than Trnka. I look forward to this.

    I’m glad they chose to dub the film instead of using subtitles, when I watch an animated film I like to watch it.

    I believe the film was called “In the Attic” in the Czech Republic, but for the US release it’s “Toys in the Attic” (I like the original title better).

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I do too, but that’s the way distributors like to do business, but at least it’s getting a dub and hopefully a decently good release here. Films of this nature really don’t show up much in the US outside the art house/film fest circuit.

  • Aymanut

    Anyone seen this yet? I love “ThePied Piper Of Hamelin” and have been wondering about this one for awhile.

    • GhaleonQ

      Well, most of his shorts are up in compilation form on YouTube, but this is much different. The best reviews cite plot points, but I encourage you to search for them by using the original title if you don’t care.

      I think it’s excellent, “real” children’s entertainment. It’s not precocious, but cozy.

  • Vik

    I’m interested in seeing this film. I’veI always loved stop-motion and puppet animation and I think there’s definitely a market for this type of film in the U.S. I think kids would enjoy this.