A Town Called Panic (Panique au village)

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A Town Called Panic is a raucous, endlessly creative animated romp with a quirky, adult sense of humor.

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User Ratings: 4,244
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This unusual feature (a French-Belgian-Luxembourgian co-production) stylistically recalls the work of Art Clokey (Gumby, Davey and Goliath), with its lead cast consisting entirely of stop motion-animated children's toys. The premise concerns two such toys -- Cowboy (Stéphane Aubier) and Indian (Bruce Ellison) -- who plan to buy a birthday gift for their friend Horse (the voice of Vincent Patar) but accidentally destroy his house. A series of wacky, often hallucinatory adventures ensues that finds the trio journeying to the center of the earth, wandering across icy tundra and discovering a strange aquatic world inhabited by oddball beings with pointed heads. Benoît Poelvoorde (Man Bites Dog) provides one of the voices.

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Cast

Stéphane Aubier
as Cowboy/Max Briquenet/Mr. Ernotte
Jeanne Balibar
as Madame Longrée
Nicolas Buysse
as Sheep/Jean-Paul
François Debrigode
as Sportscaster
Francois de Brigode
as Sportscaster
Christine Grulois
as Cow/Student
Frederic Jannin
as Policeman/Gérard/Brick Delivery Man
Eric Muller
as Rocky Gaufres/Music Student #1
Vincent Patar
as Horse/Mother Atlante
Pipou
as Michel's Laugh
David Ricci
as Donkey/Michel
Ben Tesseur
as Scientist 1
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Critic Reviews for A Town Called Panic (Panique au village)

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (14)

  • Like a very lo-fi Toy Story with the vibe of a live-action Terry Gilliam cartoon and the addled craziness of SpongeBob SquarePants; it's funny for adults and children alike in a refreshing, barking mad sort of way.

    Oct 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A heady and utterly unapologetic roller-coaster ride into a hyper-vivid, hyperactive world created from cheap children's toys.

    Oct 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • If someone laced Wallace and Gromit's stockpile of West Country cheeses with hallucinogens, they might start to show some of the free-associative abandon of the characters in this trippy debut feature...

    Oct 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • Directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (who also provide voices) display a pleasantly warped sensibility without going for adult humor.

    Jun 18, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant.

    Mar 26, 2010
  • If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.

    Mar 11, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Town Called Panic (Panique au village)

  • Jul 20, 2016
    It isn't much in the way of character development or themes, but A Town Called Panic's charming animation style, brisk pacing, and amazing sense of humor make it a joy to watch from start to finish. It is bizarre and strange, but if you are willing to give into its strangeness, it'll be hard to wipe the smile off your face. If you're looking for something different, definitely check it out.
    Joey T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2013
    This film is proof that being energetic, absurd and clever, at least in the way it presents its story, is really more important than consistent laughs, which is the film's biggest problem. But you don't really notice it that much considering the film is very fast paced and it doesn't really let you think about anything before throwing the next gag at you. The funniest of which, to me, would have to be the scientists that all they do every day is throw giant snowballs at people and animals from their gigantic robot penguin. The absurdity of this idea, I mean these scientists could be doing something productive, but they just choose to spend their days throwing giant snowballs at people and animals. I just found this idea absolutely hilarious. The way the story of the film works out is that they'll do whatever it takes to move the story forward, even if it means doing something that wouldn't even make sense in other movies. This film makes up its rules as it goes along and that's really part of the fun since you're not really sure what's gonna happen next and that's always a good thing. Really this film comes across as something a group of friends, even if this was based off a TV series, smoked some GOOD weed and came up with the most random shit you could do and this is the final product. As mentioned, the film isn't really as funny as it thinks it is, but it's still pretty damn funny and entertaining. I think the style was also pretty unique, even if this is a post-Robot Chicken film. I think the French are more willing to experiment with new animation styles than almost any other country I've seen. Anyway, this is a massively entertaining flick and I'm sure this is the type of "kids" movie that adults will enjoy more than the kids, so I definitely recommend this crazy, and trust me when I say that that is an understatement, film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    If you have the ability to turn off your brain and just have a good time, you'll certainly enjoy the hilariously unpredictable movie.
    Bram S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2012
    Well this is the first French, cartoon, comedy film i've seen and its very good. Its basically a feature length version of the Cravendale adverts, if you like them then you'll love this movie. It is simply the most random movie to watch though, one minute your on land, then in the artic, and then somehow swimming the depths of the ocean, so a very random but highly amusing french animation!
    Film C Super Reviewer

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