Just got this film delivered yesterday, and watched it almost straight away! Personally, I really liked it. I dunno what it is, but there's something cool about seeing such high levels of puppetry! It almost reminds me of those old claymation shorts they used to have on BBC2 (mostly retellings of Shakespear plays, and the like).
Anyway, if you're a fan of high-concept, art fantasy films, I'd throughly recommend this movie. Sure, it'll never replace the likes of Laberynth or Dark Crystal in terms of favoritism, but it should easily be considered up there in terms of storytelling and innovation!
It's a shame that this film has such a relativley small fanbase, as it's truly one of those great movies you'd happily show to your kids, yet at the same time be able to appreciate as an adult.
The fact that the characters know they're essentially puppets, and that it plays a large part into the storyline is an extra added bonus, and helps develop the mythology surrounding the world they inhabit.
Anyway, those with even a passing interest in the concept should buy this now! You won't be disappointed. It's all beautifully shot, and the craftsmanship on display is staggering! The story's enjoyable, and the DVD also contains a 60-minute Making Of Doctumentary (well worth it)!