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also known as Panique au village

A Town Called Panic 2009

  • 4.2
Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A TOWN CALLED PANIC has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult television series (which was released by Aardman Studios), PANIC stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy fifty million bricks. Whoops! This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest) creatures. Each speedy character is voiced and animated as if they are filled with laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour, flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar) ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python crossed with Art Clokey on acid, A TOWN CALLED PANIC is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y!

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"...equal parts cute and frenetic." - Noel Murray, the A.V. Club


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Takes a little time to get used to, but turns out to be very clever. Not claymation but it takes rubber like dolls and moves them around. Like what kids play with when they take cowboy and indian figures on stands and make up stories with them. Amazing imagination.

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You know how kids play with little plastic action figures that balance their feet on their own little platforms? And how they're not on the same scale? And how kids move them around while doing their voices and making up adventures for them? And how literally anything is likely to happen in those adventures? Then you have a notion of the goofy charm generated by "A Town Called Panic," an animated comedy from Belgium.

The most frequent line of dialogue in its enchanting world is "Oh, no!" One strange thing happens after another. You wouldn't believe me if I told you how Horse, Indian and Cowboy all end up perched precariously on a rock slab above a volcano at the Earth's center, or how they get from there to the middle of an ocean and the North Pole, or how they happen upon a mad scientist and his robot, named Penguin, or the excuses Horse uses on his cell phone to explain to Madame Longree why he hasn't turned up for his piano lessons. Or why it rains cows.

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Highly imaginative. Not sure what induced the vision behind this movie, but it was 77 minutes that felt longer (and not in a bad way). There was so much packed into this. Well worth people's time.

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Takes a little time to get used to, but turns out to be very clever. Not claymation but it takes rubber like dolls and moves them around. Like what kids play with when they take cowboy and indian figures on stands and make up stories with them. Amazing imagination.

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Exquisitely imaginative and funny. "Panic" reminds me of some of the more outrageous children's books I've come across. Totally non-formulaic, this film is a truly delightful original for all but the youngest children.

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My daughter who is 7 years old liked it a lot! She says that she liked how toys were used. Thanks!!

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Sweet, weird, and wacky "toy story." Animation is great!

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Bizarre and fun. A French Adventure Time.

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I saw this on DVD not long ago. Glad it's now on Fandor so others can enjoy. It's funny from the start and it keeps turning up the craziness throughout. Just the thing for when you need some laughs at the end of the week.

Stange and interesting journety with a timid Cowboy, an exhuberant indian and a handsome horse.

Um...I had the patience of 5 minutes for this kind of frenetic nonsense. Wow.

A children's film written by acid eaters.

Very imaginative, and it even has a good moral at the end! I usually dislike films where things just keep going wrong for the main characters, but the plot is so charmingly bizarre, I found myself chuckling out loud and wondering, "what's next??".

This film is amazing!

Oh my goodness. I'm speechless.

 

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