Not every G-rated children's movie tosses around words like "triskaidekaphobia," or uses Shakespeare's stage directions for King Lear
to explain death to its young audience. But this isn't your usual kiddie fare: Beneath the initial glare and blare is a quietly literate script by first-time writer-director Zach Helm that deals directly with big issues like believing in yourself and living on after a loved one passes away. But is it heavy? Not really.
Tucked away in downtown Los Angeles, on a block otherwise crowded with office towers, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a popular, old-world-style toy store that's nearly as anachronistic and eccentric a...