Explaining the Human: “A Town Called Panic”

I am fairly convinced that this French stop-motion film, “A Town Called Panic”, is the artifact I would choose for a time-capsule or to be sent into deep space in order to explain human beings.  I am particularly fond of the characterization of scientists (technologists)–look for the giant mechanized penguin throwing snowballs–that description alone pretty much says it all.

The clip offered here for your pleasure and edification is “Steven eating toast”.  Brilliant.  But what can’t be conveyed in 21 seconds is that this is perfectly representative of Steven’s character throughout the whole film.  His wife, Jeanine, who has prepared his meal, loves him completely, even as he possibly loves his tractor more than Jeanine.

I am being very sincere.  This is perfection.


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