Fans of the Cravendale Milk adverts will rejoice at the release of A Town Called Panic
. Filled with the same storybook charm and boppety plastic toy figures--including gruff Horse and his imbecile tenants Cowboy and Indian--this is the cinematic debut of the cult Belgian series of the same name. The 'town' in question is two tumbledown buildings on either side of a picturesque gorge: Horse's own lodge and a farmhouse owned by farmer Stephen (whose main quirk is that he yells a lot, especially when happy), his wife Janine and their motley herd of livestock. The idyllic mise-en-scene is upset when a drunken birthday party for Horse results in domestic catastrophe--and only a far-fetched odyssey involving a mechanical penguin, mischievous underwater thieves and--perhaps inevitably--a voyage to the center of the Earth can restore the peace. While spectacular, these big-screen antics distract from the fluffy domestic heart of A Town Called Panic
: Horse's star-crossed love affair with a local piano teacher, Stephen's not-quite-to-scale breakfasts and Cowboy and Indian's infantile squabbles evoke the innocence of Toy Story
, while the leafy stop-motion animation captures some of the lyrical poetry of The Magic Roundabout
and Oliver Postgate's Bagpuss.
From acclaimed animators Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar comes A Town Called Panic, a surreal and hilarious tale of adventure, romance, and villainous treachery in a small village where panic is both name and nature.
Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they accidentally destroy his house. To their dismay, no sooner have they built a new home when it is stolen from beneath their noses by a stealthy and cunning midnight assailant. Strange adventures ensue as the trio travel to the centre 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 world, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?