A Town Called Panic

2009 NR 1h 15m DVD

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A Town Called Panic

2009 NR 1h 15m DVD
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This stop-motion adventure about a trio of plastic toys provides imaginative entertainment for viewers of all ages. Adapted from a TV series, the film follows Cowboy, Indian and Horse on a trip to the center of the Earth and beyond.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
  • Stéphane Aubier
  • Jeanne Balibar
  • Nicolas Buysse
  • Vincent Patar
  • Benoît Poelvoorde
  • Francois De Brigode
  • Véronique Dumont
  • Bruce Ellison
  • Christine Grulois
  • Frédéric Jannin
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Town Called Panic is a funny, unconventional animated (and subtitled) film that will appeal to a wide age range. The simplicity of the subtitles make it an ideal first foreign language film for young readers; even little kids who can't yet read will enjoy the physical comedy and the very funny sounds of the French dialogue as it is heard here. Still, it's not for everyone: It's high-speed, frenetic, with lots of cartoon action -- catastrophes of the highest order (falls, raging waters, some sharp-toothed creature attacks, burial by giant snowball, and more). There is a sprinkling of profanity -- spoken in French, translated into subtitles ("bastard," "ass," "damn," "hell"). One all-night party finds the multi-specied characters (animals and humans are interrelated in this film) drinking beer and kir, some to excess.

Sexual Content

Two horses fall in love; they dance and flirt.

Violence

Lots of cartoon action that is meant to be inventive and funny. No injuries or deaths -- everyone recovers in record time from even massive assaults. Stop-motion animated toys are victims of: tsunami, explosions, a fall to the core of the earth, an avalanche of bricks, evil scientists and their technology, a barracuda attack, a bear, and even a wooly mammoth.

Language

A few mild profanities (heard in French, seen in English subtitles): "damn," "hell," "bastards," "smart-ass," "dumb-ass," "Sweet Jesus."

Social Behavior

No messages as such, but the film is a wonderful example of the pure joy associated with creativity and letting one's imagination take flight.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Beer and kir are served at an all-night birthday party; several characters drink too much.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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