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A Town Called Panic

Art House & International, Comedy, and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Stephane Aubier;Vincent Patar

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An Anarchic Feature Film

  • May 29, 2010
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"A Town Called Panic"

An Anarchic Feature Film

Amos Lassen

Animated toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems just like we so. Cowboy and Horse want to celebrate the birthday of their friend Horse and they decide to build him a barbecue pit. However they made a mistake when ordering the bricks and accidentally ordered a billion too many. In the beginning they were able to hide the extra bricks on top of their roof and while the party for Horse is going on, the roof collapses and trouble follows. The house is destroyed so they decide to rebuild the next day. At night the new walls began to move and slowly disappeared and this was caused by a group of strange creatures, the Atlanteans. Cowboy, Indian and Horse pursue them and this is what we see. The film is quite crude and filled with stop-animation yet it is totally creative with a wonderful script. The animation is totally entertaining and there is no moral lesson here but just fun. Directors Stephane Auber and Vincent Patar give us adventure, action and romance and each frame is filled with something worth remembering. We see the universe as a dizzying, complex place and this movie personifies some of what is wrong in it. Lots of absurdity and gags make this film great fun to watch.

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review by . August 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         A Town Called Panic is the most innovative mad folly ever to make the direct leap from the imagination to the big screen. Adapted from the European TV series, it stirred within me long-dormant childhood memories, when I would not only play with action figures and dolls but also assign them roles, provide them with silly voices, and guide them on illogical adventures that went nowhere in particular. This movie evokes that kind of creative playfulness. …
review by . May 01, 2010
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One of my earliest memories is of sitting outside in the snow and a big jacket, with my Playskool plastic barn and assorted barn animals, toy cars, soldiers and such. I spent hours, everywhere, arranging these figures, hurling them through the sky, burying them under rocks, occasionally melting or dissecting them, inventing crazy situations where they could interact, play, attack and relax. None of them, I expect, were as exhilaratingly intense or as laugh-out-loud-funny as the bizarre adventures …
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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Writer-directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar spun this nutty feature off their Belgian TV seriesA Town Called Panic(Panique au Village, 2000). When Cowboy and Indian decide to build a barbecue as a birthday gift for their friend and roommate Horse, they inadvertently order a zillion bricks, rather than the 50 the project requires. The weight of so much masonry causes the house to collapse, and a string of increasingly absurd complications ensues. The stop-motion animation is much cruder than the work inCoralineorTim Burton's Corpse Bride. Even the main characters have only a few articulations, and the directors avoid close-ups, so they don't have to animate facial expressions or lip-synch dialogue. The result feels like something an aspiring film student might make using old plastic toys. Many viewers (and critics) embraced the anarchic humor ofA Town Called Panic; less sanguine audience members dismissed it as the animated equivalent of an old Cheech and Chong movie: something that's funny if you're stoned, but isn't if you're not. The extras include a making-of documentary, interviews with directors Aubier and Patar, and an assortment of deleted scenes and tests--more material than such a marginal film really warrants. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes)--Charles Solomon
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Genre: Foreign, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
Runtime: 75 minutes
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
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