New Release: A Town Called Panic DVD

A delightfully wacky and endlessly charming stop-motion animation movie from Belgium, A Town Called Panic made its U.S. DVD debut from Zeitgeist on July 20, 2010, for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Based on the Belgian cult TV series (released by Wallace & Gromit’s Aardman Studios), A Town Called Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the craziest events. The film’s story concerns Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise their pal Horse with a homemade barbeque pit, which goes awry when the 50 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 and discovers a parallel underwater universe of treacherous, pointy-headed creatures.

The DVD comes with a host of supplemental features, including an animated short by 17-year-old budding artist Isabela Dos Santos of Weston, Florida, whose film was chosen as the winner of the 2010 Town Called Panic Stop-Motion Animation Contest.” The entry was picked by Panic directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar and producer Adriana Piasek-Wanski.

Here’s the entire lineup of DVD special features:

  • video interviews with directors Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier
  • “Obsessive Compulsive” winning short
  • deleted scenes
  • line drawing comparisons
  • photo gallery
  • theatrical trailers

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.