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  • Summary: Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbecue backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. Whoops! This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Each speedy character is voiced—and animated—as if they are filled with laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this paper-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour—flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray—ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python crossed with Art Clokey on acid, A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y! (Zeitgeist) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    ATown Called Panic is an adventure story as fast-paced and exciting as any currently in theaters.
  3. 88
    I enjoyed this film so much I'm sorry to report it was finally too much of a muchness. You can only eat so much cake.
  4. It's a sophisticated fantasia that adults should enjoy equally. (In other words, it's the perfect family entertainment.)
  5. 75
    An animated feature that revels in its low-tech wackiness.
  6. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    Maybe the self-consciously stoopid humor works better in microbursts, but at 75 minutes it's a total drag.

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  1. Jan 5, 2012
    A Town Called Panic is both homage to the art of stop motion animation and a satisfying animation that caters to adult tastes.

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  2. Oct 4, 2010
    It is panicky in the best of ways. Indeed the animation is quite different from American-sanitized frame by frame. Even better, there are subplots that make this a film for grownups to enjoy with kids. It resembles much some dream outing you designed while in Kindergarden. This is so familiar, it has everything for your enjoyment. Expand