Jon (Rob Ramsay) is just another mindless labourer on an assembly line, but at no ordinary factory. Day after day he and his fellow drones harvest kids from cabbages – kids that will go on to become the beloved toys of little boys and girls in the land outside this dreadful factory. But when Jon discovers the awful secret that he and all the indentured workers are actually grown-up and discarded toys, he’ll have to take on a villainous corporation to reunite with his long-lost mother, protect his newfound family, and finally find freedom.
Inspired by his award-winning short film of the same name (ShortFest ’12), Craig Goodwill’s feature debut is a surreal, one-of-a-kind vision of faux Russian folklore laid over a sharp satire of contemporary consumer culture. Stylish, retro-futuristic design, musical numbers (by Evil Dead the Musical composer Christopher Bond), and sci-fi theatrics all add up to one of the most original and creative films in this year’s festival.