A Town Called Panic

Panique au village

“So this is what deadpan slapstick surrealist Belgian stop-motion animation looks like. I like it!” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Year: 2009
Country: Belgium
Running time: 75 mins
Censor Rating: PG - low level offensive language

Producers: Philippe Kaufmann, Vincent Tavier
Screenplay: Stéphane Aubier, Guillaume Malandrin, Vincent Patar, Vincent Tavier
Photography: Jan Vandenbussche
Editor: Anne-Laure Guégan
Animators: Stéphane Aubier, Marion Charrier, Zoé Goetgheluck, Florence Henrard, Vincent Patar
Music: Dionysos, French Cowboy
In French with English subtitles

Voices: Stéphane Aubier (Cowboy), Jeanne Balibar (Mrs Longray), Véronique Dumont (Janine), Bruce Ellison (Indian), Frédéric Jannin (Policeman), Bouli Lanners (Postman), Vincent Patar (Horse), Benoît Poelvoorde (Steven)

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition), Karlovy Vary, Toronto 2009

Based on a cult Belgian TV series that centres around three kids’ toys, this crudely animated stop-motion flight of surreal lunacy was expanded to feature length and went on to win over Cannes and critics worldwide. Without a doubt the nuttiest film in the Incredibly Strange section, the weirdness centres on three figurines named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who all share a house in a rural town that is plagued by strange occurrences. A decision to surprise Horse with a barbeque sets off a deranged series of events as the plastique-fantastique trio embark on a journey of unparalleled oddness involving: a giant snowball-throwing penguin robot; horse love; parachuting cows; and an underwater universe of pointy-headed miscreants. The incredible inventiveness of creators Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar keeps you transfixed throughout its brief running time. Well, that and a big fat doobie beforehand probably wouldn’t hurt either. — AT

>Click here to watch the trailer for A Town Called Panic on Flicks.co.nz