Los Angeles Times - 11/06/2009
"[T]his Belgian animated epic is completely over-the-top zany."
Box Office - 12/01/2009 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] goofy, hilarious stop-motion fable....The real stars are the power of imagination and a keen, playful wit."
New York Times - 12/16/2009
"A TOWN CALLED PANIC is an adventure story as fast-paced and exciting as any currently in theaters....Funny and original..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/13/2010
"The most frequent line of dialogue in this enchanting world is 'Oh, no!' One strange thing happens after another."
Total Film - 10/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "Studded with surreal and unexpectedly tender touches, this is plastic and fantastic."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2010
"The effect is undoubtedly charming....Genial and amusing..."
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.
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