Barta’s ‘Toys’ Leave the Attic, Plus More Toon DVDs!

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There are some fresh faces and some ol’ familiars hitting the home ent. shelves this week. Topping our list is Czech director Jiri Barta’s eerie, intricate, visually sumptuous stop-motion feature Toys in the Attic [Hannover House, $14.95]—a Cold War-inspired story of toys and knick-knacks living in an attic divided into East and West. When Buttercup the doll (voiced by producer Vivian Schilling) is kidnapped by the East’s evil Head of State (Douglas Urbanski), it’s up to a teddy bear (Forest Whitaker), mechanical mouse (Joan Cusack) and marionette (Cary Elwes) to cross the border and launch a daring rescue. The film is also being released as a two-disc Blu-ray set ($19.95). Both options include “The Magical World of Jiri Barta,” a fascinating short film about the legendary animator, his work, background and insights. [Release date: February 5]

Toys in the Attic

Toys in the Attic

Also out this week:

Animaniacs - Volume 4

Animaniacs – Volume 4

Animaniacs – Volume 4 [Warner, $29.99] The final DVD installment of Yakko, Wakko and Dot’s Warner Movie Lot adventures in a three-disc set. [Feb. 5]

Ben 10: Omniverse – A New Beginning 1

Ben 10: Omniverse – A New Beginning 1

Ben 10: Omniverse – A New Beginning 1 [Warner, $19.97] Two-disc set packs in first 10 episodes of the latest Ben 10 series on Cartoon Network. [Feb. 5]

Ultimate Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man [BVHE, $26.99] Marvel’s notorious web-slinger appears in four hilarious short-film adventures on this two-disc set. [Feb. 5]

Monster High: Friday Night Frights / Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?

Monster High: Friday Night Frights / Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?

Monster High: Friday Night Frights / Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love? [Universal, $19.98] Double feature disc sees the monster misses compete in the Skulltimate Roller Maze Championships, then Draculara’s Sweet 1600th birthday is marred by two dreamy dudes out to steal her heart—literally. [Feb. 5]