A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) Reviews

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October 7, 2010
A heady and utterly unapologetic roller-coaster ride into a hyper-vivid, hyperactive world created from cheap children's toys.
October 6, 2010
One of the year's originals -- frantic, unpredictable and very, very funny. Remove brain. See loud.
October 6, 2010
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...
October 6, 2010
The action sometimes overrides the subtitles, but children of all ages could well be mesmerised just trying to keep up with the accident-prone story of Cowboy, Indian and Horse.
October 5, 2010
a truly postmodern concoction, where, along with the village's properties, narrative norms are deconstructed brick by brick, as free associations and visual gags come thick and fast, offering a surreal jaunt through toy town.
September 2, 2010
This is just silly fun, a bunch of plastic people that seem at times, shockingly, to have quite a bit of character depth and nuance. Mostly, however, it's gag after gag, and does run out of steam towards the end.
August 11, 2010
The world of stop-motion animation is full of creative humor but I've never seen anything as whimsically absurd and hilariously ridiculous (this) animated toybox comedy...
June 29, 2010
Loopy, chaotic and often very funny, though even at a mere 75 minutes it feels a mite overlong.
June 18, 2010
Directors Stphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (who also provide voices) display a pleasantly warped sensibility without going for adult humor.
May 27, 2010
Who doesn't love giant, snowball-launching robot penguin movies?
May 20, 2010
Aubier and Patar would have us believe that Panic really can be reduced to child's play, which just makes it seem all the more like a place worth visiting.
April 22, 2010
Make no mistake about it, Panic has some merits. It's unlike anything currently being done in the animation realm. Unfortunately, it lacks the playfulness and endearing qualities of its clay-animated kin...
March 26, 2010
There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant.
March 26, 2010
Town looks deliberately crude, so much so that it takes a while to realize just how cleverly it has been animated. Ditto for the humor, which at first smacks of childlike chaos and then segues into subversive sophistication.
March 20, 2010
Charming low-tech absurdism, free of irony and full of escalating stakes, situations, hilarity, and charm.
March 12, 2010
I watched A Town Called Panic without the assistance of any controlled substances, and that might be why I hated it.
March 11, 2010
If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.
February 19, 2010
All the silliness unfolds in a complex social structure, where good manners are expected, bad behaviour is punished and birthdays are not to be forgotten.
February 19, 2010
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.
February 10, 2010
With animation like this it is no wonder kids develop ADD. The current generation of Python influenced animation talent comes to a screen near you.
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