A Town Called Panic

Lynn’s Druthers Marathon, part 16

Data
Title: Panique au village
Year: 2009
Length: 75 minutes
Directors: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar
Writers: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar
Starring: Stéphane Aubier, Bruce Ellison, Vincent Patar
Music: various pop songs (probably mostly original)
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: a cowboy, Indian and horse have adventures, animated with little plastic toys

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:1/4 (Bad) It starts out very strong, but eventually a conventional and uninteresting story takes over and wrecks it. (It’s a story about fish monsters stealing walls from a horse, and it manages to be conventional and uninteresting.)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:4/4 (Great)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent) The bizarre and awkward pacing is a large part of what makes this movie work, so I can’t fault it too much.
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). About fifteen minutes into the movie, I remarked that it is possibly the best thing ever made. If it had kept up like it was going at that point, or if it had just wrapped itself up and been a short film, it very likely would have been one of my favoritest movies ever. Sadly, the characters soon leave their village behind to go on an inappropriately cinematic quest, and the storytelling leaves its charm behind. By the end, this movie that had been so perfect and hilarious and completely unique is reduced to being the Belgian equivalent of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Objective Rating (Average):2.9/4 (Good)

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