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Celebrated sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman, who created the Sandman series, scripted this visually adventurous fantasy. Helena Stephanie Leonidas is a 15-year-old girl who has spent nearly her entire life on the road, traveling with her parents Joanne and Morris Gina McKee and Rob Brydon, who make a living as circus performers. One night, Helena wishes for a quieter and more stable life, only to panic when her mother falls seriously ill, ending up in the hospital. Afraid she's caused her mother's illness, Helena slips ...
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Celebrated sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman, who created the Sandman series, scripted this visually adventurous fantasy. Helena Stephanie Leonidas is a 15-year-old girl who has spent nearly her entire life on the road, traveling with her parents Joanne and Morris Gina McKee and Rob Brydon, who make a living as circus performers. One night, Helena wishes for a quieter and more stable life, only to panic when her mother falls seriously ill, ending up in the hospital. Afraid she's caused her mother's illness, Helena slips into an alternate reality known as the Dark Lands, where nearly everything behaves differently and all is ruled by the Queen of Light and the Prime Minister also played by McKee and Brydon. As it happens, the Queen of Shadows' daughter, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Helena, has gone missing; the Queen of Light has fallen unconscious as a result; and both queens' minders are looking for the child. As Helena struggles to make her way back to her own world to help her own mother, she discovers the Queen of Shadows' daughter has taken her place. Helena is aided in her journey by a gifted juggler named Valentine Jason Barry, and together they seek to access a magic charm which will return everyone to the land where they belong. MirrorMask was produced by the Jim Henson Company, with most of the sets and many of the characters created using digital-effects technology.
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Special Features

Director and writer commentary; Neil talks...; Interview with director Ddave McKean; Beginnings - the genesis of MirrorMask; Cast & crew interviews; Day 16 - time lapse video of one entire day of production; Flight of the Monkeybirds - making the Monkeybird sequence; Giants development - design and creation of the giant sequence; Questions & answers; Q & A sessions from the San Diego comic-con
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Long-time friends and collaborators Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman bring to life a world where dreams and reality intertwine seamlessly in MirrorMask. Viewers familiar with the stark and macabre artwork of McKean will likely feel as though they are wandering through a computer-animated version of his paintings. Those unfamiliar with the first-time director's visual art might initially be put off by his peculiar, somewhat creepy style, but eventually find it the perfect medium in which to tell the story of a girl who unwittingly finds herself in a dreamlike realm where things are simultaneously familiar and new. McKean's computer-generated landscapes merge with live action as the stories in Helena's waking world merge with the goings-on in this alternate reality, creating a pleasantly disorienting effect. Both McKean and Gaiman wrote the script, but the clever, often sardonic dialogue definitely recalls Gaiman's former work on projects such as the Sandman comic series and his novels Neverwhere and American Gods. The cast, while not comprised of actors who are necessarily well known, does a more than adequate job of bringing the script to life. Stephanie Leonidas is convincing as Helena Campbell (as well as Helena's bad-girl alter ego, the Anti-Helena), skillfully evoking the often-confusing emotional middle ground that is adolescence, though the actress is somewhat older than the 15-year-old she portrays. Jason Barry is likewise well placed as quirky juggler Valentine, Helena's impromptu guide through the Dark Lands. Rob Brydon handles the role of Helena's caring and supportive father, ringmaster Morris Campbell, as well as the likeable, helpful Prime Minister. Gina McKee, who also protrays the evil and conniving Queen of Shadows and the comatose Queen of Light, plays Helena's well meaning but perhaps overbearing mother. The action in MirrorMask is set to an alluring score by Iain Ballamy which incorporates elements of disjointed jazz and at one point utilizes a very inventive version of the Hal David and Burt Bacharach tune "Close to You." Although it carries a PG rating, this is a film that is innovative and engaging enough to entertain people of many different ages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • UPC: 043396273856
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Barry Valentine
Rob Brydon Morris Campbell / Prime Minister
Stephanie Leonidas Helena / Anti-Helena
Gina McKee Joanne / Queen of Light / Queen of Shadows
Technical Credits
Dave McKean Director, Original Story, Production Designer
Martin G. Baker Executive Producer
Iain Ballamy Score Composer
Neil Gaiman Original Story, Screenwriter
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Louis Hammond Casting
Lisa Henson Executive Producer
Hugh Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Hugh Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Lea Asst. Director
Robert Lever Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Moorhead Producer
Michael Polis Executive Producer
Ian Sands Sound/Sound Designer
Antony Shearn Cinematographer
Jim Henson's Creature Shop Special Effects
Barnaby Smith Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not as good as i thought it would be

    from the trailer it looked interesting and i instantly remembered labyrinth. though you shouldn't judge a movie based on the trailer, the movie was okay but the graphics looked interesting, and the story seemed a bit off track at times. overall it was alright but not that bad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    Beautiful but Cliche

    THis was a beautiful movie, but the plot seemed to have so much in common with all of Gaiman's plots combined with that of Labrynth. The visuals were spectacular, though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unique and imaginative

    Despite previous reviews, this movie was very good. It was imaginative and unique. Some might say it is "tedious" with "no emotion" , but I believe this movie offered an appealing plot, a stimulating score, and captavating cinematography for both the child and adult alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tedious Mess

    How a film with such extravagant Imagery can be so incredibly boring is a lesson for any student of film. Wonder after wonder floats across the screen without reason in a meaningless display so tedious it is literally astounding! How can so many wonders be so dull? The plot is idiotic, the world has no rules, the characters act like deranged automatons, the performances are stilted, the direction is abysmal and it seems to have been written by someone who has never experienced the simplest of human emotions, if that is possible. The film even violates the rules it has set up. Mirrormask is a literal guide of what not to do when writing or directing a film. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Adventure..

    Although this movie may lack the nostalgia that will forever remain with the other Henson company movies, it still is quite captivating. The story of a young frustrated girl's journey through some very strange and beautiful places is magical enough to transport you along with her. Dont ever guess what may happen next half the fun lies in the mystery.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent dreamscape reality

    This movie is amazing! The many artists who designed the graphics were all personally selected by the directer and it shows. Mirrormask is often compared to "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz", but "Mirrormask" is more than capable to holding its own.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Graphics bring it home

    The story and plot line lack a little, but the amazing, awe filled computer graphics made it worth it. Even if you don't like the plot, watch it just for the pictures. I loved the half bird/ half gorilla creatures.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    this is an insanely beautiful and brilliant movie. I watched it and got caught up in the art in the movie, so much that i almost stopped paying attention to what was going on. I recommend it for anyone who loves movies that are pretty to watch.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    If you like the work of Jim Henson you will love this movie. It's beautiful and intriguing and has a beautiful soundtrack.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    More than I expected

    I read the synopsis and was pleasantly surprised at how good the movie turned out to be. Quite the fantasy world. She has an imagination many would kill for. I loved it and I want the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent production

    This movie has an excellent story line with multiple levels of interpretation. It flows well and is filled with incredible effects and artistic design.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mirrormask

    A circus performer called Helena wants to join real life and is instead sent into an imaginable world of fantasy. She meets a guide to help her understand her destination and is in the middle of an all out battle between the queens of light and darkness while trying to save this land and outrunning her evil alter ego, anti Helena.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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