Panique au village (A Town Called Panic)
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This unusual feature (a French-Belgian-Luxembourgian co-production) stylistically recalls the work of Art Clokey (Gumby, Davey and Goliath), with its lead cast consisting entirely of stop motion-animated children's toys. The premise concerns two such toys -- Cowboy (Stéphane Aubier) and Indian (Bruce Ellison) -- who plan to buy a birthday gift for their friend Horse (the voice of Vincent Patar) but accidentally destroy his house. A series of wacky, often hallucinatory adventures ensues that finds the trio journeying to the center of the earth, wandering across icy tundra and discovering a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If someone laced Wallace and Gromit's stockpile of West Country cheeses with hallucinogens, they might start to show some of the free-associative abandon of the characters in this trippy debut feature..."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"If a precocious 9-year-old with attention deficit issues made a stop-motion animated movie, he might produce a triumph of supreme silliness like A Town Called Panic."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Stop-motion comedy adventure with subtitles, a few curses."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Charming and highly original but a little of it goes a long way."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A very small amount of this would be funny. But here, there's 77 minutes of it. And that's about 76 minutes and 30 seconds too much to stomach in one sitting."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (who also provide voices) display a pleasantly warped sensibility without going for adult humor."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it."
‑ , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Anyone who has spent anytime around kids will know exactly what Aubier and Patar are trying to achieve."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Though it probably works best in short bursts on DVD, it might just be wacky and strange enough to appeal to kids who'll simply accept it for what it is."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Bounces around with a hyperactive dementia that somehow never flags."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant."
‑ Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter
"All the silliness unfolds in a complex social structure, where good manners are expected, bad behaviour is punished and birthdays are not to be forgotten."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Chaotic, warped and impervious to logic ? a total treasure just waiting to be discovered."
‑ Jayne Nelson, SFX Magazine
"Studded with surreal and unexpectedly tender touches (kamikaze cows, an elegantly lovestruck horse), this is plastic and fantastic."
‑ Kate Stables, Total Film
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