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MirrorMask [2005] (1 disc)

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Director:Dave McKean
Writer:Neil Gaiman
Composer:Iain Ballamy
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:51%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Classifications:
  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Family
  • CG
  • Action
  • Drama
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Synopsis: A young girl finds herself lost in a world of her own imagination while her mother lies in the hospital.


Reaction: Very inventive and imaginative. The first time watching can be a bit much since there is so much to take in visually.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
Dave McKean => Director / Story
Neil Gaiman => Writer / Story
Iain Ballamy => Composer
Andy Hamilton => Small Hairy
Eve Pearce => Future Fruit Lady
Gina McKee => Queen of Shadows / Queen of Light / Joanne Campbell
Jason Barry => Valentine
Kate Robbins => Chicken / Mrs. Shoe-Thing / Female Giant
Mark Perry => Politician / Monkeybirds
Nick Dainton => Monkeybirds / Politician
Nick Jackson => Monkeybirds / Mr. Shoe-Thing / Male Giant
Rob Brydon => Morris Campbell / Prime Minister
Robert Llewellyn => Gryphon
Rusty Goffe => Yellow Gnome
Simon Harvey => Sphinx
Stephanie Leonidas => Anti-Helena / Helena
Stephen Fry => Librarian

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • During the circus montage at the beginning of the film, there is a brief shot of a hand balancing and twirling a set of four crystal balls. This art is called Contact Juggling, created by performance artist [?] Michael Moschen and originally debuted in the Jim Henson film Labyrinth, which in part inspired this film.
  • Total number of digital fish in the film: 42.
  • The MirrorMask title is shown on the record that is playing when Helena and Valentine enter Mrs. Bagwell's apartment.
  • Director Cameo: [Dave McKean] the motion capture performer for the porcupine wearing braces. His character also appears waving during the end credits.
  • When Helena reaches for the copy of The Complete History of Everything in the library, the book directly beside it is entitled "Muppets in Space", using the font from [Farscape]. [Farscape] is another Jim Henson Company production set in space. This joke is often mistaken for Muppets from Space, the 1999 film.
  • According to an interview with Neil Gaiman, the original computers used to do all of the CG were named after the Beatles (John, Paul, Ringo, George). Later a fifth computer was required, so it was named Yoko. Soon after the fifth computer was introduced, the network crashed and could not be restored properly ("the computers refused to talk to each other"). A new server and computers were purchased and named after The Ramones (Joey, Jonny, DeeDee and Tommy). Gaiman said "I wish I knew more about the history of The Ramones; the computers performed brilliantly, vibrantly and died an untimely - and early - death"
  • [?] Josefine Cronholm's version of Burt Bacharach's classic song {Close to You}, performed in the film during the scene where Helena is dressed by mechanical handmaidens, was inspired by composer [?] Wayne Horvitz's 1997 cover version of the song featured in the tribute album [Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach] (sung by [?] Julie Wolf and [?] Robin Holcomb).
  • According to Neil Gaiman, this film was made as a straight-to-DVD film; but this film finally got a limited theatrical release in the United States.