This charming picture centers on a lonely old dollmaker with abandonment issues. Mr. Franz develops an awesome shrinking machine and uses it to transform various customers and employees into a collection of dolls to keep him company. I really can’t judge him too harshly because if I had a shrinking machine you’d better believe I would start my own human doll collection. From his point of view the dolls should be grateful to be taken care of. All of their needs are met and they can spend their days singing, dancing and partying. (Mercifully there is only one song and dance number.)
Some of the dolls don’t seem to mind their lot in life but secretary Sally and her fiancé Bob convince the others that being held hostage is not in their best interest, and devise a plan to escape. Sadly, most of the film takes place in the office of Dolls Incorporated. The real fun begins at the very end when they’re running around outside, facing the many dangers a doll sized person would encounter in a big city.
JPX reviewed this in 2008 and we are in complete agreement that it’s fun, harmless and enjoyable. At first I thought that being puppet sized would be terrific because you could get into all sorts of mischievous hijinks. After watching Attack of the Puppet People I am now aware of the dangers and frustrations that can be caused by animals and doorknobs. I thought about my cat Rowan and how slowly and painfully she would kill me if I were doll sized, and I haven't looked at her the same way since.
One last thought, this is one of those movies whose title is a bold-faced lie. The puppet people are unquestionably the victims and do not “attack” anyone.