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The Flying Machine (2011) Trailer - TIFF - HD Movie

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Uploaded on Sep 12, 2011

Take to the skies in this spectacular adven­ture for the entire family. Both visually and aurally breathtaking, The Flying Machine is the first film ever to combine 3D, stop-motion animation and live action, united by the stunning music of Frédéric Chopin. Produced by Hugh Welchman — whose Peter & the Wolf short won an Academy Award®in 2008 — the film weaves imagination, magic and drama into a unique dual fairy tale that unfolds to the sounds of world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang's sublime inter­pretations of Chopin's Études.

The film's live-action segment is set in present-day London, where career-focused single parent (Heather Graham) juggles her professional life with parenting. Overworked and inattentive to the needs of her two children, she has a chance meeting with Lang Lang and his flying-piano contraption, which prompts her to re-evaluate her life and priorities as she's hurled skyward.

In a wordless stop-motion segment, we are introduced to young Anna, who is separated from her beloved father because of his work. Heartbroken, she and her cousin attempt to reunite with him by traversing the globe on the flying machine.

Working entirely in 3D, directors Martin Clapp, Geoff Lindsey and Dorota Kobiela are supported by a world-class team of anima­tors. Stunningly imaginative figures and a lively colour palette culminate in the film's pièce de résistance: the carefully constructed, piano-powered aircraft of the title.

What began as a short film project celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of Chopin's birth has blossomed into one of the most dazzling marriages of animation and classical music since Fantasia.

This film is recommended for ages seven and up.

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