MIRRORMASK: The Jim Henson Company
EW Staff
August 11, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

MirrorMask

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/30/05
performer
Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Robert Brydon, Gina McKee
director
Dave McKean
distributor
Sony Pictures Releasing
author
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an A-

A couple of years ago, at the behest of exec producer Lisa Henson, comics writer-novelist Neil Gaiman and illustrator Dave McKean holed up in her late father Jim’s old London home with the aim of hatching a worthy successor to Henson’s preteen fable Labyrinth. They came up with the tale of a circus family riven by mother-daughter friction and untimely illness, where the daughter (Stephanie Leonidas) enters a dangerous dreamworld that may trap her forever. It was up to McKean to turn these flights of fancy into a movie — on a $4 million budget made to look, through the magic of CGI, like ”many millions more.” ”He always surprises, he always astonishes,” says Gaiman of his collaborator, with whom he’s worked since the days before McKean did every cover for Gaiman’s seminal Sandman comic book. ”It’s always what I asked for [yet] nothing like what I asked for. That’s been going on for 20 years.”

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