A Town Called Panic (Panique au village)
A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) (2009)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

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...

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

The frenetic scenarios should play fairly well as energizing for kids and ridiculous for adults.

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

Directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (who also provide voices) display a pleasantly warped sensibility without going for adult humor.

Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

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.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Stop-motion comedy adventure with subtitles, a few curses.

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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter

There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

In a world lousy with computer animation and 3-D whizz-bangery -- j'accuse, James Cameron! -- it's nice to know there's still fun to be had with nothing more than plastic figures and a little imagination.

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Anyone who has spent anytime around kids will know exactly what Aubier and Patar are trying to achieve.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Well this is the first French, cartoon, comedy film i've seen and its very good. Its basically a feature length version of the Cravendale adverts, if you… More
Cynthia S.
Very strange...but interestingly done at the same time. Truly one of the strangest things I have seen in a long, long time. The story is bizarre, and the… More
Tim Salmons
From out of seemingly nowhere comes the bare bones stop-motion animation extravaganza Panic Au Village (The Town Called Panic). I fell in love with this on one… More
Gordon Anderson
Charming, original toy-motion animation brimming with creative ideas and a silly sense of fun.Recommended to children of all ages.
Mark Walker
Stop-motion animation still has a place in film today despite the computer generated brilliance of Pixar and Dreamwork etc. "Wallace and Gromit" are… More
El Hombre Invisible
From Belgium comes a plastic and fantastic toy story that is nothing like Toy Story. <a… More