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Although its visual overstimulation threatens to derail its themes, Cryptozoo is an ambitious and unique critique of capitalistic values. Read critic reviews

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Cryptozoo is a hand drawn, gritty and fantastical parable about society versus the individual. A zoo that rescues mythological creatures in psychedelic 1960’s San Francisco races the U.S. Military to find and save a Baku, a Japanese dream-eating cryptid, to prevent the military from using the Baku to eat the dreams of the counterculture and suppress the anti-Vietnam War movement.

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  • This psychedelic paean to biodiversity and acceptance in a xenophobic world is alternately marvelous and messy.

    February 4, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This should solidify [Shaw's] rep as one of the most exciting new creators of cinematic animation.

    February 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Yet for all this thoughtful plotting and intriguing visuals, this adventure feels flat.

    February 1, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Cryptozoo winds up as a window into a decidedly uncommercial mind, and a form of storytelling that isn't the practiced, polished committee effort that comes out of animation houses like Disney and DreamWorks.

    February 1, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It's a less-funny Adult Swim cartoon that drags on far too long for the little emotional investment it cultivates.

    January 31, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This time out, Shaw (in collaboration with animation director Jane Samborski) is even more assured as both a storyteller and as a crafter of images, be they outrageous or gorgeous, haunting or hilarious.

    January 30, 2021 | Full Review…

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