A Town Called Panic 2009

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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!

Starring:
Stephane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar
Runtime:
1 hour 18 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Adventure, International, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Starring Stephane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar
Supporting actors Nicolas Buysse, Véronique Dumont, Bruce Ellison, Christine Grulois, Frédéric Jannin, Bouli Lanners, Brian Lykke, Christelle Mahy, Eric Muller, Vincent Patar, Franco Piscopo, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alexandre von Sivers
Studio Zeitgeist Films
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It has great animation and it's very funny!
MRennerfeldt
The stop motion is creative and so clever that the film seems applaud itself with regard to its attention to detail.
Hapless Romantic
HIGHLY RECOMMEND to parents of kids who have just learned to read, too as it is fun for them to read the subtitles!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Andersen TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2010
Format: DVD
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 By S. Wilson on April 28, 2010
Format: DVD
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 By mumzonline on September 19, 2010
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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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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 By Cathryn Sells on 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 By C. X. Thao on 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 By maxwells daemon on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Wilder on 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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