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Cryptozoo (2021)

Cryptozookeepers try to capture a Baku, a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend, and start wondering if they should display these beasts or keep them hidden and unknown.

Director:

Dash Shaw

Writer:

Dash Shaw (screenwriter)
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Credited cast:
Lake Bell ... Lauren Gray (voice)
Michael Cera ... Matthew (voice)
Emily Davis ... Pliny (voice)
Alex Karpovsky ... (voice)
Zoe Kazan ... (voice)
Louisa Krause ... Amber (voice)
Angeliki Papoulia ... Phoebe (voice)
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Nicholas (voice)
Peter Stormare ... Gustav (voice)
Grace Zabriskie ... Joan (voice)
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Cryptozookeepers try to capture a Baku, a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend, and start wondering if they should display these beasts or keep them hidden and unknown.

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Animation

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Fine But Should've Been Better
29 January 2021 | by sweidman-28016See all my reviews

Cryptozoo is one that fascinated me even before watching. Cryptozookeepers try to capture a Baku, a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend, and start wondering if they should display these beasts or keep them hidden and unknown. The movie is entirely animated in an interesting style in a way the story couldn't be told any other way. As creative as an idea Crytozoo may be, the final product didn't always work out the way it should. Of course, the animation is the stand-out of it all. It's very unique and has moments that are just beautiful. Specifically the end of the second act and most of the third happen to be the most interesting visually and story-wise. Most of the movie is based on how strange it is so we lose the characters and why the stakes are so high. One character named Phoebe is the only one that I really connected with. She's a cryptid so we get her point of view on the subject. There are many themes of zoos and animal cruelty which is a good aspect to think about. Also, symbolism and ideas from well know stories - like Adam and Eve - are prevalent throughout. Even though the most striking aspect of the movie is animation, I wonder if the animation were "better animated" the effect would be different in some cases, but that really isn't an issue. This is quite an entertaining watch solely based on curiosity of it all. Most people are divided on this, but it seems they like it more than they didn't like it. I will revisit this in the future to see if the feeling is still the same. Overall, it's alright but should've been better.


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Language:

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Release Date:

6 August 2021 (USA) See more »

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