A Town Called Panic
2009/ France/ Dir. Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar
Cast: Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse, Véronique Dumont
Audience Award Winner at Fantastic Fest 2009 and the first stop-motion animated feature selected to Cannes, A Town Called Panic follows the wacky, hilarious and often surreal adventures of three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town which never fails to attract the weirdest events. Each speedy character is voiced—and animated—as if they are filled with laughing gas. With hysteria a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour—flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar)—ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python, A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y!