A Town Called Panic (2009)

Panique au village
Animated Feature Film | Comedy-Adventure
Belgium/France/Luxembourg | French | 1h15m
Dir: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar | Scr: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar | Ph: Jan Vandenbussche | Prod: Philippe Kauffmann & Vincent Tavier | Mus: Dionysos & French Cowboy | Ed: Anne-Laure Guégan | Cast: Stephane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Veronique Dumont, Bruce Ellison, Frederic Jannin, Bouli Lanners, Vincent Patar, Benoit Poelvoorde

A computer error resulting in the delivery of 50 million, rather than 50, bricks to three house-sharing kids’ toys – a cowboy, an Indian, and a horse – leads to the titular event and a great adventure, in Aubier and Patar’s charming, though rather ephemeral, piece of stop motion animation. The animation itself is oft inspired, but there’s no real depth to any of it, with much of the proceedings feeling merely like surface gloss. Diverting, never the less.