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A Town Called Panic -- Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures take over as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?

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Writers:
Stéphane Aubier (screenplay)
Vincent Patar (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 June 2009 (Belgium) See more »
Tagline:
They came... They saw... They panicked...
Plot:
Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Revels in simplicity and jerkiness of stop-motion See more (28 total) »

Cast

 
Stéphane Aubier ... Coboy (voice)

Jeanne Balibar ... Madame Longrée (voice)
Nicolas Buysse ... Mouton / Jean-Paul (voice)
Véronique Dumont ... Janine (voice)
Bruce Ellison ... Indien (voice)
Christine Grulois ... Vache / Étudiante (voice)
Frédéric Jannin ... Gendarme / Gérard / Livreur de briques (voice)

Bouli Lanners ... Facteur / Simon / Vache (voice)
Brian Lykke ... Hest (voice: Danish Version)
Christelle Mahy ... Poule (voice)
Eric Muller ... Rocky Gaufres / Étudiant chorle 1 (voice)
Vincent Patar ... Cheval (voice)
Franco Piscopo ... Ours (voice)

Benoît Poelvoorde ... Steven (voice)
Alexandre von Sivers ... Scientifique 1 (voice)
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Directed by
Stéphane Aubier 
Vincent Patar 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stéphane Aubier  screenplay
Vincent Patar  screenplay

Produced by
Xavier Diskeuve .... co-producer
Philippe Kauffmann .... producer
Guillaume Malandrin .... associate producer
Adriana Piasek-Wanski .... associate producer
Stéphan Roelants .... producer
Vincent Tavier .... producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Jan Vandenbussche 
 
Film Editing by
Anne-Laure Guégan 
 
Production Management
Adriana Piasek-Wanski .... post-production director
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marianne Chazelas .... assistant director
Ben Tesseur .... director help
 
Art Department
Geoffrey Druard .... props
Jean-Philippe Dugand .... storyboard artist
Laurence Gavroy .... props
Laure Marganne .... props
Andre Odwa .... props
Christine Polis .... props
Laurent Talbot .... props
Manu Talbot .... props
Liana Trabucco .... art department intern
Pierre Wilock .... props
 
Sound Department
Benoît Biral .... sound mixer
Bertrand Boudaud .... sound effects
Valène Leroy .... supervising sound editor
Frédéric Piet .... sound editor (as Fred Piet)
Franco Piscopo .... sound mixer
Fabien Pochet .... dubbing mixer
Ingrid Simon .... assistant sound editor
Luc Thomas .... foley recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Fernandez Cyril .... visual effects artist
Cristophe Lebrun .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antoine Bellem .... gaffer
 
Animation Department
Stéphane Aubier .... animator
Eric Blessin .... background artist
Marion Charrier .... animator
Marion Charrier .... background artist
Marion Charrier .... character designer
Gilles Cuvelier .... background designer
Steven de Beul .... animation director
Zoé Goetgheluck .... character designer
Zoé Goethgheluck .... animator
Zoé Goethgheluck .... background artist
Zoé Goethgheluck .... character designer
Pascal Gérard .... background artist
Florence Henrard .... animator
Marc Nis .... background artist
Vincent Patar .... animator
Olivier Pesch .... background artist
 
Editorial Department
Peter Bernaers .... colorist
Arnout Deurinck .... on-line editor
Cristophe Lebrun .... post-production assistant
Emilie Morier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
French Cowboy .... composer: additional music
Dionysos .... composer: theme music
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Panique au village" - Belgium (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:75 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG (DVD)

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Quotes:
Steven:[eats two pieces of toast, each covering an entire table, while levitating upside down] Delicious toast!
[smashes through a giant coffee cup]
Steven:Excellent coffee!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ernest & Celestine (2012)See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Revels in simplicity and jerkiness of stop-motion, 18 November 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

(In French, 75 min.) This feature-length stop-motion animation that appeared at Cannes is based on the Belgian TV series by Stephane Auber and Vincent Patar. It's a film all made up using tiny figurines to tell the story of a journey to the center of the earth whre a parallel society of pointy-headed and dishonest creatures reigns. Voices of French actors Jeanne Balibar (The Duchess of Langeais) and Benoît Poelvoorde (of Man Bites Dog) are heard. The filmmakers revel in the jerkiness of the figures in (stop) motion.

You might not know this is the same stop-motion technique used in Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Auber and Patar have collaborated ( and voice two main characters) in a film that's not only simpler and more primitive in effect (figures even have little stands on the bottom like plaster toys) but more truly uniquely for children. Clearly this cast and crew had more modest means and objectives and motives. They didn't get glamorous superstars to voice the parts and they worked visibly from scratch, bringing to life recreations of kids' little Plasticine toys, a typically mismatched collection including a horse, an Indian, a cowboy, mechanical tractors, a piano lesson, and moving them around on surfaces that could be a village, or could be a train set or a display under a Christmas tree.

These are actually spin-offs from a TV series that Belgian, French, and maybe French Canadian kids would know. They were featured in five-minute films on the arty but widely watched French TV outlet Canal Plus and later dubbed by "Wallace and Gromit" producer Aardman Animations for export to other outlets such as Nicktoons in the U.S.; they can be found on YouTube.

The Town Called Panic effect is much more boldly artificial and crude than the stuffed but charming furry creatures in Wes Anderson's film. This is a thing of slapstick and chases, upended figures and screeches and scrambles. "An antic little joy ride," the Variety reviewer has called it, and that's about right. Shown November 13 at the San Francisco Film Society's 4th Annual Animation Festivial as one of three animated features (the others: Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox and Tarik Saleh's Metropia), it enjoyed a preview at Film Forum in New York the following week, and begins a limited US theatrical release at Film Forum December 16. The feature is not dubbed like the Aardman Animations shorts, which is better to capture the flavor of the original, of course.

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