Town Called Panic

A Town Called Panic

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Director: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse

Cast: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse

     
 
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 (

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2010
UPC:
0795975112734
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
NR
Source:
Zeitgeist Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
29,449

Special Features

La fabrique de panique: a new 52-minute behind-the-scenes documentary; Video interviews with directors Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier; "Obsessive compulsive" a new short chosen by the panic filmmakers as the winner of zeitgeist's stop-motion animation contest; Deleted scenes, test shot comparisons and production photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stéphane Aubier Cowboy,Max Briquenet,Mr. Ernotte
Jeanne Balibar Madame Longrée
Nicolas Buysse Sheep,Jean-Paul
Francois de Brigode Sportscaster
Véronique Dumont Janine
Bruce Ellison Indian
Christine Grulois Cow,Student
Frédéric Jannin Policeman,Gérard,Brick Delivery Man
Bouli Lanners Postman
Christelle Mahy Chicken
Eric Muller Rocky Gaufres,Music Student 1
Francois Neyken Pig
Vincent Patar Horse,Mother Atlante
Pipou Michel's Laugh
Franco Piscopo Bear
Benoît Poelvoorde Steven
David Ricci Donkey,Michel
Ben Tesseur Scientist 1
Alexandre Von Sivers Scientist 2

Technical Credits
Stéphane Aubier Director,Animator,Screenwriter
Vincent Patar Director,Animator,Screenwriter
Benoit Biral Sound Mixer
Eric Blesin Set Decoration/Design
Marc Bonny Co-producer
Marion Charrier Animator,Set Decoration/Design
Marianne Chazelas Asst. Director
Gilles Cuvelier Production Designer
Dionysos Score Composer
Xavier Diskeuve Co-producer
Vincent Eches Co-producer
Morgan Eches Production Manager
French Cowboy Score Composer
Pascal Gerard Set Decoration/Design
Zoe Goetgheluck Animator,Set Decoration/Design
Anne-Laure Guegan Editor
Florence Henrard Animator
Philippe Kauffmann Producer
Guillaume Malandrin Screenwriter
Marc Nis Set Decoration/Design
Olivier Pesch Set Decoration/Design
Fred Piet Sound Editor
Franco Piscopo Sound Mixer
Stephan Roelants Co-producer
Vincent Tavier Producer,Screenwriter
Ben Tesseur Production Manager
Jan Vandenbussche Cinematographer
Pilar Torres Villodre Co-producer
Arlette Zylberberg Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Town Called Panic
1. Cowboy, Horse and Indian [8:22]
2. Briquenet [6:01]
3. Disco-Ville [8:09]
4. A Minor Disaster [9:14]
5. Suspicious Covetous Creatures [9:30]
6. The Penguin [11:51]
7. Slippery Foes From the Deep [11:52]
8. Epilogue and End Credits [11:57]

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A Town Called Panic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
What once was just a TV show now gets a full-length feature treatment (well, something like 70 minutes). This is a zany, madcap adventure that makes very little sense at any time - and occasionally makes no sense at all - but it's fun and creative as hell. The staggering amount of time and effort it takes to put the little clay figures through all these scenes deserves loads and loads and loads of praise. The voices are excellent, especially the manic energy of Cowboy and Indien. Watched this at a theater during the Dallas International Film Festival and the sound was blaring, adding to the wild, over-the-top, non-stop glee of the film. Steven turning upside down to eat a piece of bread (French toast?) larger than the kitchen table and smashing through his equally large coffee mug to drain it in a split-second was one of the most eye-popping scenes I can remember. But there's also a house full of cows and pigs, sticking out of windows, the roof and walls, etc... The crazy dancing mailman, the Indian in the shower, then getting his hair and eagle feathers dried by a gigantic blow-dryer, you just need to see all this to get it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wonderful animation is about as cockeyed as it gets. Fun and unpredictable from beginning to end. MUST HAVE in a DVD collection!