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A Town Called Panic
Directed by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar • 2009 • France
Starring Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Nicolas Buysse
Based on the Belgian cult TV series, this hilarious, delightfully wacky stop-motion extravaganza stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian, and Horse who share a house in a rural town that never fails to attract the craziest events. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise their pal Horse with a homemade barbecue pit goes awry when the fifty million bricks they accidentally ordered online show up on their doorstep. This sets off a raucous chain of events as the trio travels to the center of the earth, treks across frozen tundra (complete with a giant snowball-throwing robot penguin), and discovers a parallel underwater universe of treacherous, pointy-headed creatures. And with panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine girlfriend—the flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longrée—ever find a quiet moment alone?