Panique au village

Panique au village

DVD - 2010 | French
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Publisher: [Toronto] : Mongrel Media ; [Montréal] ; Distribué au Québec par Métropole Films Distribution, [2010]
Characteristics: 1 vidéodisque (76 min) : son., coul. ; 4 3/4 po.


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Dec 08, 2017

What can I say about such a strange and wonderful movie? Certainly not to everyone's taste, but so delightful, unpredictable, and's refreshing! In French with subtitles, though you can get by pretty well without them. To begin with, Indian and Cowboy want to make a BBQ as a birthday gift for Horse, but they accidentally order too many bricks...after that it involves a music school, mermen, a giant robotic penguin that lobs snowballs, and and underwater convenience store, but don't ask me how it hangs together. You must exercise your appreciation for the ridiculous, suspend judgement and enjoy the ride. Offbeat fun!
Created by the same studios that brought us Wallace & Gromit.

Mar 27, 2015

To me, A Town Called Panic was something like witnessing the off-kilter, nightmare world of a hyperactive child who was clearly overdosing on a massive sugar-rush. And in this hellish state the delirious child was plunged headlong into a claustrophobic nether-land of plastic-toy figurines.... (Believe me, as an onlooker, this was not a pleasant vision to behold)

Unlike Pixar's "Toy Story", where toys were generally treated with a certain amount of regard and respect, this 'toy story' seemed to me to be hellbent on showing endless ways of damaging and, yes, destroying children's playthings.

This truly bizarre and quirky stop-motion picture left me with too many unanswered questions, such as -

Why did these plastic figurines need to sleep?

Why did Indian want to build a barbecue for Horse? (I thought that all of these figurines (men & animals, alike) were on equal terms with each other and the act of eating one another was unthinkable)

With 5 million bricks at their disposal, why did Cowboy make such a ridiculous fuss and go to so much trouble to get their walls back?

Anyways - I certainly can't argue that some of the stop-motion animation was actually quite imaginative and amusing. But, before long, "Panic" inevitably lost its initial novelty and appeal. This was mainly due to the sheer nuttiness of a disjointed story which carried its situations too far to the extreme.... (This picture could have also stood for a 20-minute haircut)

I guess, when it comes right down to it, there just doesn't seem to be enough of a child's wonder and awe still left inside of me, so I was not able to find any real enjoyment in "Panic" as, it seems, so many others have.

Jul 11, 2014

As a competitor for the Lego Movie, I nominate A Town Called Panic. It's not just a film that both adults and children can enjoy. It's a film that could actually have been MADE by children, before they discovered that stop motion animation is hard, and they went back to doing whatever kids do these days. Although most children will like it, it is best seen by adults with a wry sense of humour, who want the most marvelous story possible and remember their own childhoods. Have a look at the video I posted. If you like it, you will like the film; if you don't, you won't. ETA: am not sure why the poster above said it was by the same studio (Aardman) that produces Wallace and Gromit; the Belgian animators have their own studio. Maybe Aardman helped to distribute it?

MATT MORGAN Feb 11, 2013

Significant moments in this movie are achingly funny. Other parts drag a little. But then it gets truly crazy again. Definitely worth it.

Nov 02, 2011

Basically, like a story made up by a kid playing with random toys. If that is great art, so is this. Otherwise, couldn't quite see the point.

Dec 02, 2010

Good - Town Called Panic, A (2009) [Animated] [Foreign - French (Belgium)] 75 min. Watching this animated film from Belgium, I couldn't help but think of children playing with their toys and creating impossible adventures. Now, add the imagination of an adult and one is treated to a zany crazy and funny film. Like so many movies of this genre where tons of information, gags, and visuals are thrown at the audience, I found the film to be too much at times. The film could easily be viewed in parts (say 20 minutes at a time) during those times in the day that you just need a good silly laugh. This is not for everyone's taste and I really thought it wasn't mine either but it seemed to work.

Nov 23, 2010

This is an extremely funny movie. Never mind the French sub-titles: you can enjoy it and not even look. Animated with little plastic figurines, but within a couple of minutes each one has its own distinct character. Their intelligence is also about on par with being little plastic toys: they have about 2 seconds of short-term memory. Highly recommended.

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MATT MORGAN Feb 11, 2013

MATT MORGAN thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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