I love movies that have an otherwordly quality to them.
Mirror Mask fits the bill perfectly. Anyone with a vivid imagination would agree.
Mirror Mask is a Jim Henson Production that was written by Neil Gaiman and animated by Dave McKean. These are the very same artists that collaborated to create the Sandman comic book series published by Vertigo of DC Comics. The movie lives up to the artistic quality and creativity shared by Sandman.
The story is about a young girl who gets lost in her own fabricated fantasy world. It is also a yin and yang story of opposing kingdoms where the 15- year old must journey to find the Mirror Mask not only to get home, but to save the kingdom.
Neil Gaiman is well versed in mythology and folklore, and never fails to weave a story steeped in those roots. The movie is on par with the 1986 movie Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, and Time Bandits, but with more artistic style than either.
The scenes are crafted in the typical layered collage medium that David McKean is famous for in Sandman. In fact, many of the scenes are like his two dimensional pieces in moving 3D. Much of the animation is crafted from cutout paper. The creatures are both surreal and dreamy, which fits the story perfectly.
This movie overflows with creativity and imagination, but be sure to go into it expecting a moving art form rather than a conventional movie.