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25 February 2012

A Town Called Panic

directed by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Belgian animated series A Town Called Panic, I would say get ready, for you are in for a madcap treat. What began as a wonderful series of animated shorts came to full, batshit blossom in the form of the infectiously enthralling and ludicrously magnificent feature film bearing the same title. A Town Called Panic is the kind of children’s film that appeals not just to children, but to the crazed, non-linear, eff you logic for which we adults often long. Animated in the best kind of old school stop motion style, the film tells the story of Cowboy and Indian’s botched attempt at a surprise birthday present for their friend Horse. It’s all down the rabbit hole from there, but the film will leave you breathless in more ways than one. The best one sentence summation of this film came from my mother in law (who recommended the film to me when it came out, btw) who said, “It’s like the movie equivalent of a pack of little boys tearing through the house playing ‘guns’ and making up new rules as they go along simply to keep the game going.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. 
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