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Panique au village (2009)

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Cowboy and Indian's only wish was to come up with a brilliant idea for Mr Horse's birthday, but when their plan ends up in utter disaster, they'll need to travel the world and back to make things right again.

Writers:

Stéphane Aubier (screenplay), Vincent Patar (screenplay)
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphane Aubier Stéphane Aubier ... Coboy / Max Briquenet / Mr. Ernotte (voice)
Jeanne Balibar ... Madame Longrée (voice)
Nicolas Buysse Nicolas Buysse ... Mouton / Jean-Paul (voice)
François De Brigode François De Brigode ... Journaliste sportif (voice)
Véronique Dumont Véronique Dumont ... Janine (voice)
Bruce Ellison Bruce Ellison ... Indien (voice)
Christine Grulois Christine Grulois ... Vache / Étudiante (voice)
Frédéric Jannin Frédéric Jannin ... Gendarme / Gérard / Livreur de briques (voice)
Bouli Lanners ... Facteur / Simon / Vache (voice)
Christelle Mahy Christelle Mahy ... Poule (voice)
Eric Muller Eric Muller ... Rocky Gaufres / Étudiant chorale 1 (voice)
François Neycken François Neycken ... Cochon (voice) (as François Neyken)
Vincent Patar Vincent Patar ... Cheval / Maman atlante (voice)
Pipou Pipou ... Rire de Michel (voice)
Franco Piscopo Franco Piscopo ... Ours (voice)
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Storyline

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? Written by Anonymous

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They came... They saw... They panicked... See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | Luxembourg | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 June 2009 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A Town Called Panic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,850, 20 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$165,349, 18 July 2010
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(DVD)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in 260 days. See more »

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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Referenced in I Hate Everything: I Hate Sing (2016) (2017) See more »

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Carmen (Extract)
Written by Georges Bizet
Interpreted by Antoine Torunczyk
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Much better than I was expecting
22 November 2009 | by NiffiwanSee all my reviews

I just saw this at the WFAC. I must say that I wasn't expecting much out of this film. It's a good thing that I went to see it anyway, because it turned out to be one of the highlights of the festival. The closest equivalent to what "Sita Sings the Blues" was last year; though the two films are in many ways quite different, they share between them a wacky sense of humour and a refreshing inventiveness. The story of the film is insane and has to be seen to be believed. This is the kind of story that, as a kid, you wished existed somewhere. It starts out with a cowboy and an Indian accidentally ordering 50 million bricks for the birthday of their roommate, Horse, and goes from there to a visit with the Atlanteans, the centre of the earth, and giant robotic penguins.

The animation in the film is just as entertaining. I'm sure that some would call it crude, but the fact remains that it's very expressive and perfectly suited to this story and these characters. The French-language voice acting is also great.

The film has no great moral or lesson to teach us, but I think it is no less of an achievement to make something that's genuinely funny. The only thing I thought a bit strange was that it seems to go on for a little longer than it felt the natural ending point of the story should be.

This film is in the running for the animated feature Oscar this year, but probably won't be nominated; it's too low-profile and somehow I think that the animation style could offend some of the Academy professionals. But who cares about what the Academy folks think? If you want to watch something fun (even better if it's with friends), I'd highly recommend it.


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