The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

World of Animation: A TOWN CALLED PANIC

Are you an Orange County student currently in Grades 7th through 12th?  If so, State Street Foundation and The Frida Cinema invite you to join us for our FREE World of Animation series, which takes place Tuesdays at 3:30pm from October 5th – November 23rd! Don’t worry if you’ve missed some screenings — register anytime, and jump in for the rest of the series!  Information and registration for this free series can be found at thefridacinema.org/world-of-animation!

On Tuesday, October 12th, join us for A Town Called Panic (Panique au village), an uproarious stop-motion-animation classic from Belgium!  Cowboy (Stéphane Aubier) and Indian (Bruce Ellison) plan to construct a barbecue pit for the birthday of their friend, Horse (Vincent Patar).  All they need is 50 bricks — but they accidentally order 50 million…  Their house now destroyed, the duo finds that every attempt to rebuild is foiled as their new walls get continually stolen.  Determined to track down the thieves, the trio travels to the center of the earth, where they discover a shocking — and hilarious — truth about the culprits…


“One of the year’s originals — frantic, unpredictable and very, very funny. Remove brain. See loud.” – Simon Crook, Empire Magazine

“There’s really very little to say about this film beyond that it’s absolutely brilliant.” – Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter

“So this is what deadpan slapstick surrealist Belgian stop-motion animation looks like. I like it!” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune