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A Town Called Panic (2009)

Jeanne Balibar , Stephane Aubier , Stephane Aubier , Vincent Patar  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeanne Balibar, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Bruce Ellison
  • Directors: Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003H0ZHGM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Town Called Panic" on IMDb

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Hilarious and delightfully wacky, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children and adults alike. Based on the Belgian cult TV series (released by Wallace & Gromit's 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 craziest events.

Cowboy and Indian's plan to surprise their pal Horse with a homemade barbeque pit goes awry when the 50 million bricks they accidentally ordered online show up on their doorstep. This sets off a raucous chain of events as the trio travels to the center of the earth, treks across frozen tundra (complete with a giant snowball-throwing robot penguin) and discovers a parallel underwater universe of treacherous, pointy-headed creatures. And with panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine girlfriend the flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar) ever find a quiet moment alone? A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y!

- New anamorphic transfer, created from new HD elements
- La Fabrique de Panique (52 minutes): A new behind-the-scenes documentary
- Video interviews with directors Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier
- Obsessive Compulsive: a new short made especially for this DVD release, chosen by the filmmakers as the winner of Zeitgeist's Panic Stop-Motion Animation Contest
- Deleted scenes
- Test shot comparisons
- Photo gallery
- U.S. theatrical trailer

Writer-directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar spun this nutty feature off their Belgian TV series A 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 in Coraline or Tim 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 of A 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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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 that directors Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar invent for Cowboy, Indian, Horse and their assorted cohorts in this whimsical and clever stop-motion animated film.

Cowboy and Indian are careless and carefree. They live together in a big house with the somewhat more dignified Horse, who enjoys chocolate-covered hay and has a thing for the beautiful music teacher, Ms. Longree. It's Horse's birthday, and Cowboy and Indian forgot to get a present, so they get frantic. They decide to build him a brick barbecue, but they don't have enough bricks, so they order some online but instead of the 50 they need they accidentally order 500000000000000000000 or some such ridiculous number of bricks. Towering the extra bricks on top of the house turns out not to be such a good idea; and when they try to rebuild their broken house out of stray bricks, the funny thing is that someone keeps stealing their walls, and now they all have to work together to resolve the mystery.

I saw this with my kids, but in a theater where there were mostly adults, and everyone was busting up at the absurdly over-the-top scenarios that felt like the spontaneous result of whimsical and inventive storytellers with lots of plastic toys at their disposal.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Town Called Panic April 28, 2010
VERY RANDOM this little movie is! The characters are all toys and not even toys that necessarily go together all that well. For example, the plastic farmer's wife is quite a bit bigger than the plastic farmer. It's almost as though someone dug through his toy box and created a movie with what he found there. There was never a dull moment. We certainly didn't know what to expect next. Spurious bursts of laughter were breaking out around us from fellow theater patrons throughout.

"A Town Called Panic" is clever, creative, cute, bizarre, silly entertainment appropriate for a rainy day or after dark family outing or even a date night, especially if it can be seen at an inexpensive theater. In my family, the 5 of us range in age from 14-60 and we all enjoyed it. The dialog is in French, but there are English subtitles. I think we left the theater sort of shaking our heads, wondering WHAT exactly WAS that we'd just seen, but then we rehashed various things all the way home, laughing as we did! It's been a few weeks since we saw it and we're still laughing about a couple things. We plan to see it again someday and perhaps even buy our own copy. Random. Yes, random.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids! September 19, 2010
My kids love Wallace and Grommit. So when I saw this on the shelf I thought it might be worth a try. I had never heard of it before. The first viewing of the movie was with an eight year old boy, 2 five year old boys and 3 grown ups. My eight year old son provided the subtitle translation to the youngest viewers. I'm not kidding when I say that there was spontaneous laughter from ALL age groups at the SAME time. This little film is VERY VERY FUNNY. It will suck you in parents, don't think you can put this on for your kids and turn away, it will certainly get your attention. I thoroughly recommend this movie. I am going to have to buy it. It has been requested everyday since renting. Love this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I first caught this on the Independent Film Channel on cable, and it is one of the most insanely funny things I've ever seen. Constantly inventive and surprising, I don't know why it was completely overlooked by the 2010 Oscars for best animated feature, for it clearly deserved at least a nomination (even more glaring an oversight for a year that had relatively few nominees) Watch it and be prepared to laugh hard. On blu-ray the minimalist design pops in amazing detail and clarity. In French with English subtitles (though the film is 99% visual with very little dialog)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vive la Panique Frances! June 18, 2011
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This is the perfect movie to have in the house to break out when you need to jolly up. It's quirky, crazy, and insane. I can't wait to watch it again and again and again. It's worth having a special party just to share it with your favorite friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously hilarious July 24, 2010
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Very simple, but dear god is this a delightful nugget of creative randomness. Simply marvelous and a joy to watch. It touches on that little spot in your imagination back when you didn't care that you had your Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles toys show up to help your G.I. Joes toys out of some crazy scheme thought up by your Skeletor toy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars manic panic January 20, 2014
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vastly entertaining. indian and cowboy are stellar in their roles. horse is a stud. this is a ten-year-old boy playing with his toys while on acid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story April 27, 2013
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The story and characters are so much fun you forget about having to read subtitles. Very well done. If you speak French, I'm sure the story is even more enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't yell cowboy in a french accent after watching this,...
The most original movie I have ever seen. Also, it's super fun. Great to show at parties because people walk by the tv and say "What's... what's going on here?"
Published 1 day ago by Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars We've enjoyed over several years
Our entire family loves this movie (I have a 9 year old boy and 7 year old girl). We've enjoyed over several years, the main difference now is that we no longer have to read the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sara B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky in a Great Way
A very wacky movie - great for those who love stop-action and are OK with subtitles.
Published 10 days ago by Timothy H. Profeta
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic comedy
This nearly silent animated movie is difficult to describe but easy to enjoy. A toy cowboy and a toy Indian and their friend Horse have adventures. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Tim L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get NOT serious today and enjoy this gem.
Unique, whimsical, thoughtful. Totally enjoyable,ultra creative little piece of film whose charm spans the generations.
I challenge you to not love this film!
Published 2 months ago by Karen H. La Du
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy flick! we loved it
Crazy movie that made us all laugh! Just beware it's in French with English subtitles, and some insignificant but not child appropriate language. We loved it!
Published 2 months ago by MICHELE HARRINGTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!
Great, funny movie. My 9yr old daughter doesn't even mind the subtitled. It's somewhat educational because she asks how they say certain words in French.
Published 4 months ago by Francisco D. Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious movie
My son and I happened to see this on Netflix and we loved it!! He's 24 :) we recite the lines and laugh...and we're learning French by doing it.
Published 4 months ago by bobbi heisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie for all the family
A movie of animals and people working/studying together. The story about three friends: a cowboy, an Indian and a horse living together. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RV Technician
5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to a french class library...or just personal pleasure
Fun, clean, and absolutely hilarious. What more do you want for a french class? Plus a great stop-action flick to be enjoyed by just about anyone.
Published 5 months ago by Basil Seymour-Davies
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