In 2012, the French animated film “Ernest & Clestine,” based on a series of children’s books, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; it later went on to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Now the film’s co-directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar are back with two new specials, “A Town Called Panic: Double Fun,” which features the surreal, freewheeling adventures of three plasticine toys: Cowboy, Indian, and Horse. Watch an exclusive trailer for the specials below and check out the poster as well.
In the first special “Christmas Panic,” Cowboy and Indian’s out-of-control antics lead Horse to call Santa and cancel the presents, and now it’s up to the boys to save Christmas by breaking into their neighbor’s house to steal his Yule Log. The second special “Back to School Panic” featuring Cowboy and Indian using a special shrinking potion to enter their classmate Pig’s brain in order to find an answer to a class assignment. In between the two specials, an intermission will feature two classic shorts “Lisa & Jan” and “Cow-Hulk,” where ill-behaved European backpackers and an alien microbe cause even more mayhem!
The new specials are based on a French-language children’s TV series produced in Belgium by Aubier and Patar for La Parti & Pic Pic André. A spinoff animated feature film was produced in 2009 and debuted at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The film will be released in theaters for one day only on September 24th from GKIDS. For participating theaters, head to the film’s website.