40 Favorite Movies in No Particular Order: 23. Mirrormask

A 2005 fantasy film from Jim Henson Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Destination Films. It stars Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, and Gina McKee. It is designed and directed by Dave McKean, written by Neil Gaiman from a story they developed together. The music used in the film was composed by Iain Ballamy.

The film’s story revolves around a young girl named Helena Campbell, who is sick of her family’s career as circus performers. Helena’s mother is hospitalized after they have an argument, and Helena finds herself trapped in a fantasy world shortly after. Gaiman and McKean worked on the film concepts over the course of two weeks at Jim Henson’s family’s home, and actual production of the film took seventeen months.