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A TOWN CALLED PANIC
Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Dir Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar | France | 2009 | 75 min. | NR | 35mm

In French with English subtitles
 
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Hilarious and frequently surreal, this stop-motion extravaganza has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from 8 to 80. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series (which was 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 weirdest events.

Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 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! Age Recommendation: 9+

Please note: Despite occasional bad language in the original French, A TOWN CALLED PANIC is entirely appropriate for children.

“In a world lousy with computer animation and 3-D whizz-bangery—j'accuse, James Cameron!—it's nice to know there's still fun to be had with nothing more than plastic figures and a little imagination.” —Peter Howell, Toronto Star