06 June 2008

Radar Blips - Mirrormask

The Year: 2005

The Players: The Jim Hensen Company (Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal) and written by Neil Gaiman (Stardust)

The Take: $1 Million - but never really released in theatres

Muppets?: Nope. Freaky CG creatures, like seriously creepy.

Why you should see it: The movie gives off a Labyrinthy vibe. I kept expecting Hoggle to show up, but it is much darker and more twisted. Its about a circus girl who goes into her imaginary world and is attacked by, well basically by "the nothing." She has to find the titular mirrormask to escape. So, the creepiness comes from little Sphinxes that eat books, and some crazy goth puppets that sing "why do birds suddenly appear" in a minor key (trust me, its creepier than it sounds, check it out below). There are plenty of creative and odd visuals even if the story itself moves a little slowly at times (but doesnt The Dark Crystal too?). I don't know if it will achieve classic status, but its worth checking out.

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