Panique Au Village

‘A Town Called Panic’ has always been one of my favourite films from a young age, because it was so primitive and sketchy. It made animation feel accessible and got me working in stop motion for the first time when I was about 9. It just makes animating look as easy as playing with toys.

Most of the character movement relies on models being tipped (you can often see them being propped up by blutack) and pushed around but mainly by use of replacement animation. A lot of the collisions and interactions are accented by cartoon-y paper cutout explosions, like for example when indien is kicked up the stairs and bashes into the walls and clock.

It’s clunky and rigid but it’s great at conveying a few gags.



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