Yamasong: March of the Hollows
An all-puppet fantasy feature, “Yamasong: March of the Hollows” — whose original short version screened at SLIFF in 2010 — is executive-produced by Heather Henson and Toby Froud, the children of Muppets creator Jim Henson and fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, whose collaborations on “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth” helped inspire the film. Using a combination of traditional Japanese puppet techniques and green screen, “Yamasong” pushes the boundaries of storytelling with hybrid animation and puppetry shot in-camera, enhanced with digital visual effects. “Yamasong” tells a tale of women determined to seize their destiny and shape the world. Nani, a mechanical girl, dreams of visiting Yamasong, the world of living creatures. But when her mechanical people succeed in landing on Yamasong, they set about converting the living to machines, to the shock of Nani and her new friends, Shojun and Geta, rebels among the living creatures of the world. The film features a stellar voice cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Freida Pinto, Abigail Breslin, Nathan Fillion, Peter Weller, Malcolm McDowell, George Takei, Ed Asner, and Bruce Davison.