Parents' Guide to

Toys in the Attic

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Foreign stop-action film blends the beautiful and grotesque.

Movie PG 2012 80 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

A Darker Toy Story: Creepy But Good Arthouse Film

Short review/what you should know: Positive messages/role models: The toys trying to help the other one. Violence/Scary scenes: Potential, especially for younger children. See spoilers at the bottom Sex: none Language: None Consumerism: None, as the toys in the film are not really those that this generation Alcohol/Tobacco/Drugs: Smoking, the main villain smokes in most of his scenes. Main review You can think of this movie as a much darker stop-motion version of Toy Story, though not as remember-able. It can be useful to get older children; more specifically those over the age of 10; into darker animated movies such as many of Miyazaki's teenage movies like Princess Mononoke or potentially others such as Persepolis and otherwise. Unlike Miyazaki's films or the majority of Pixar/Disney films, this film however is not really for children. There are creepy images, among them smoking and violence. Some of the younger children in the audience and some of the young adults seemed to be visibly creeped out by some of the scenes. The movie is fine, I would give it a 3.5 stars if I could but it is closer to 3 than 4. It is too "cutesy" to appeal to older teenagers while it is too dark to appeal to young kids without scaring them quite a bit. The lessons are fine but they are taught in a way that does not appeal to many people. Slight spoilers: In terms of violence, there are scenes of squishing, though it comes back together, as well as a toy leg melting which is rather creepy. In terms of scary scenes, those, and the kidnapping scenes/general peril scenes.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Director Jiri Barta inventively depicts the idea of toys coming to life by including animals and vegetables and a combination of stop-motion and live-action characters. Visually, TOYS IN THE ATTIC is a stunning, remarkable film made by a true craftsman. But to American audiences brought up on Disney and Pixar, the scene might be too frightening and creepy -- grotesque, even -- to be considered appropriate for younger audiences.

Although the voice cast is top notch, there was almost no need to re-dub the film in English. The stop-action animation genre might be considered family fare by many, but this is really more of an art-house film that would have been better served in the original Czech. As an option for older children familiar enough with foreign movies to read subtitles and adults who enjoy grown-up animated fare, this is a perfect pick, but for families who prefer their stories light and their animation straightforward, hold off on this at-times macabre story for another time.

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