AFI La 09: Review of absurdist stop-motion gem A Town Called Panic

Year: 2009

Directors: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar

Writers: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar

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Review by: Hal MacDermot

Rating: 9 out of 10

A Town called Panic is an anarchic, absurdist stop-motion animation surrealistic gem, and it’s Belgian. I laughed my head off. It’s Aubier and Patar’s first feature length movie and is a development of their cult TV animation from 2001. The original French title is "Panique au Village," which actually means "panic in the village,” and makes more sense than the English translation. Panique au Village made the Cannes official selection this year- the first stop-motion animation ever to do so.

Panic is a good antidote to all those boring saw-your-head-off corporate emotion Toy Story-type animations. It is full of unpredictability and subversion, in contrast to the work of Pixar animation, which definitely has the ability to entertain quite a few people (many Quiet Earth fans
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