The stop-motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent in "Toys in the Attic," a 2009 Czech feature that has been retrofitted with an English-language voice cast led by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes.
Jiri Barta's blend of live action and handmade and computer effects puts a "Toy Story" slant on "The Perils of Pauline" by way of "1984" and any number of dystopian nightmares. But the plot is the least of it in a film whose transporting aesthetic is a tattered brocade of industrial grunge and oldfangled whimsy.
In a forgotten trunk, antique doll Buttercup (voiced by Vivian Schilling, who produced, wrote and directed the English adaptation) happily keeps house for a gentle teddy (Whitaker), a marionette with a Don Quixote complex (Elwes) and a clay blob with a pencil-stub nose and thick French accent (Marcelo Tubert).
A toy mouse named Madame Curie (an especially spirited, Yiddish-spouting Cusack) joins the boys to save Buttercup after she's kidnapped by the Head, who rules the Land of Evil and takes advice from a spectacles-wearing earwig.