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"MirrorMask" (2005) ist ein visuell äusserst beeindruckendes Märchen...

...erzählt die Geschichte von Helena (Stephanie Leonidas), die im Zirkus ihrer Familie arbeitet und ironischerweise davon träumt, fortzulaufen und ein ganz normales Leben zu führen. Aber alles kommt ganz anders, denn sie begibt sich auf eine seltsame Reise ins "Dunkle Land", eine fantastische Landschaft voller Riesen, Affenvögel und gefährlichen Sphinxen. Helena sucht die mächtige "Spiegelmaske" - ihre einzige Hoffnung auf eine Flucht aus dem Dunklen Land, um die Königin des Lichts zu retten und nach Hause zurückkehren zu können...

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[30.09.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Capone...
[...] Certainly one of the most original and eye-pleasing experiences I’m likely to have all year is Mirrormask, directed by Dave McKean and written by science fiction legend Neil Gaiman. Aimed more at a slightly younger audience than myself (think Dark Crystal), Mirrormask tells the story of 15-year-old Helena (newcomer Stephanie Leonidas), whose family are circus performers until her mother (Gina McKee) is stricken with cancer and near death. Worried sick about her mother and the future of the circus, Helena goes to sleep and awakens in the Dark Lands, a largely CGI world in which all manner of creatures exits. The forces of light and dark are at odds in this world, with the darkness rapidly taking over because the Queen of Light (also played by McKee) is ill. Not surprisingly, the queen’s nemesis, the Queen of Shadows (McKee again) is after the soul of Helena because her own daughter has disappeared into the real world (in Helena’s body) and has no interest in returning to the other world.
You’re going to hear the phrase "eye candy" used a lot with regards to Mirrormask, and with good reason. Simply put, you have never seen anything like Dark Lands in your life. Every square inch has something worth analyzing in detail, and some of it is fairly grotesque. My only complaint might be that Helena is a bit too casual about all of the sights and goings-on in this bizarre place, especially when she realizes that this isn’t some dream she’s having. Gaiman and McKean have created something extraordinary in this world, which is as much a tale about the relationship between parents and children as it is about freaky cat monsters with human faces and a mask made of a mirror. [...]


[23.07.2005] Endlich gibt es den "MirrorMask" Trailer auch im Quicktime-Format...

[06.07.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik...

[01.07.2005] Bei Moviefone gibt es einen sehenswerten Ausschnitt...

[12.03.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Moriarty...
[...] Make no mistake... MIRRORMASK is a small film, an experimental film. This isn’t a broad, obvious movie. There’s a real delicacy to the film, an ethereal quality, and it feels very personal. The film lulls you, like a painting that only gradually shifts from one lush landscape to the next. I like the fact that this was made by a group of artists who don’t have dozens and dozens of films to their names [...]

[04.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik, sowie einen Aufruf...
[...] I know a lot of people are sick and tired of remakes and sequels and are longing for something truly original to come along well...this is it. Support it. Tell people about it. Go out and see it if you can. Let the people that matter know that this is the kind of film we want to see more of. This movie was made by 17 animators on a 3 million dollar budget. It is proof that you don't need to have a fortune to make something beautiful. Let's try to give it a chance to be seen. [...]

[01.02.2005] Bei RopeofSilicon.com gibt es ein Interview mit Neil Gaiman...

[30.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik vom Sundance Film Festival...
ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW and LABYRINTH, as filtered through the head of Tim Burton. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas), enters a fantastic world of her own drawings as she searches with Valentine (Jason Barry) for a charm to help her mother in the hospital. Stunning visuals (you’ve never seen anything like this!) accompany a story that may be too dark, strange, and long for the family audience it is intended for. Nevertheless, real fans of the artwork and stories of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman (who received help from the Jim Henson company) may adore it.

[27.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik vom Sundance Film Festival...
[...] Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (the director) were both there and introduced the film to the very enthusiastic crowd. They said they were very excited to show the film, even a bit nervous, as we were the first real audience to see it (aside from a group of high school students they'd shown it to earlier).
Helena, the daughter of circus owners, is rather bored with her life as a carny. She spends her free time sketching pen and ink drawings of strange creatures and places and imagines a world with a black queen and a white queen. After her mother falls ill, Helena has a vivid dream about a fantastical world that looks suspiciously similar to her drawings. The balance of light and dark has been disrupted, and the white queen has fallen into an unwakable sleep. Helena takes on the quest to find the Mirrormask which will restore balance to this world, awaken the white queen, and allow her to go home.
Sure, this sounds similar to the plot of The Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth, Spirited Away, Alice in Wonderland, Paperhouse, The Neverending Story, and any other number of films. So in order to make the story work with any kind of significance, we need to have something completely original to set it apart. No worries there! First off, we have a wonderful lead in Stephanie Leonidas as 15-year-old Helena: she's sweet, beautiful, and completely likable. Even more importantly, though, the film has a brilliant - bloody brilliant - visual style. This is apparent from the opening credits, which are fantastic! There are plenty of masks in the film, both in the real world and the fantasy world, and I couldn't help thinking how much fun they probably had designing and building these things. The black and white drawings by Helena, which also pervade the fantasy world, are really cool - I believe they were done by McKean himself. The movie is very CGI heavy - everything in the fantasy world was done in front of a bluescreen. And since this is a low-budget film, some of the graphics look like they're fresh out of the computer - this bothered me for maybe five minutes, but the surreal quality actually lends itself well to the story, since it IS supposed to be a dream. The music is wonderfully weird and fits within the whole style of the film.
I loved the imagination of this film - the different creatures, the locales, the strange situations that exist in this reality. I won't give any of it away, but it's a total delight to watch this film unfold.
This film would not have been allowed to be made by mainstream Hollywood - you could say the same thing about the recent wonderful Spirited Away. Thank goodness for independent films that can bring us beautiful, imaginative visions like this! This is also a film that would be appropriate for children (a rarity in Sundance fare) so take your kids to see it. It sure beats a lot of the dreadful kids movies being churned out nowadays. If you loved Spirited Away, you'll love Mirrormask! [...]


[26.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik vom Sundance Film Festival...
[...] the plot is not what the important thing about this movie, it's the visuals. I can't really accurately describe what this movie looks like. The best description I could think of is if you took the nightmare before christmas, the dark crystal, labryinth and put them all in a dali painting come to life, then you would have an idea of what this movie looks like. This world is filled with insane looking beasts and characters. Every frame is packed to the gills with stunning visual imagery unlike anything I've ever seen. The visuals alone are worth seeing the movie for, which is sort of a plus, since the story is a bit clichéd and slow sometimes. That isn't to say that the story is bad, but it just isn't on par with the look of the movie. [...]



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Regionalcode 2
FSK: Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren
Sprache: Deutsch, Englisch
Bildformat: 16:9, 1.85:1
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 20. Juni 2006



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http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/mirrormask/



MirrorMask
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Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
MirrorMask
Englischsprachige, gebundene Ausgabe
48 Seiten (5. September 2005)

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Iain Ballamy, etc.
MirrorMask
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Erscheinungstermin: 10. Oktober 2005

30 Titel: u.a. Fish Street; Giants Orbiting; Monkeybirds



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