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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 setsPanic 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) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    100
    There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant.
  2. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    90
    A sparkly little gem.
  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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    75
    If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.
  5. 75
    An animated feature that revels in its low-tech wackiness.
  6. Aimed directly at your inner 8-year-old, and it strikes home.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    30
    Maybe the self-consciously stoopid humor works better in microbursts, but at 75 minutes it's a total drag.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 5, 2012
    10
    A Town Called Panic is both homage to the art of stop motion animation and a satisfying animation that caters to adult tastes.

    There is a
    A Town Called Panic is both homage to the art of stop motion animation and a satisfying animation that caters to adult tastes.

    There is a good review of Panic here: http://4thdimensionfilms.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/panic-in-the-streets/
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  2. Jan 4, 2015
    9
    Absolutely love this movie, stylish, classy and greatly humorous. The animation style is great and almost adds to the comedy. The charactersAbsolutely love this movie, stylish, classy and greatly humorous. The animation style is great and almost adds to the comedy. The characters are memorable and unique each in their own way. The film is full of surreal hilarity that runs all the way through the movie. The film doesn't have to make sense and it knows that, it just has to be a silly animated comedy. Would love to see a sequel to this! Even though it is a foreign language it is still easy to watch with most friends.
    And also, your stoner mates will love this, trust me.
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  3. Oct 4, 2010
    8
    It is panicky in the best of ways. Indeed the animation is quite different from American-sanitized frame by frame. Even better, there areIt 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

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