The Museum of the Moving Image in NYC will be screening A Town Called Panic for one week only! Wacky and crudely stop-animated in a way reminiscent of Gumby, the film adaptation of the Belgian TV show has been receiving tons of acclaim, playing at last year’s Cannes Film Fest and winning the Audience Award at Fantastic Fest. Our very own Devin Faraci gave the movie a perfect 10 out of 10 last year and claimed that the movie has healing properties.

A Town Called Panic is one of the most charming and inventive animated movies released in 2009,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator. “It will be a very special experience to see this colorful and playful movie inside the equally colorful and playful Tut’s Fever.”

Tut’s Fever is a cute little 35 seat theater where they frequently show short films and serials during the day. Since the museum’s currently being renovated this is the one place to check it out. The film will be play Moving Image from February 13th through 21st (President’s Day week)… can’t wait to check it out!

Here’s the full details:

A Town Called Panic
Daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30 p.m. in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace
2008, 75 mins. Zeitgeist Films. In French with English subtitles. Directed by Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar. Made with plastic toys, painted sets, a surreal sense of humor, and boundless imagination, the Beligian animated film A Town Called Panic is the first stop-motion movie to be an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. The film stars three toys named Cowboy, Indian, and Horse, who share a house in a rural town; Cowboy and Indian’s plan to make a homemade barbecue for Horse goes awry when they accidentally order 50 million bricks. A supremely silly film with echoes of Buster Keaton, A Town Called Panic is a treat for children and adults. Tickets: $10 per person for film and Museum admission / Free for Museum members. Members may call 718.784.4520 to reserve tickets.

If you’ve never been to the Moving Image, get your ass there as soon as possible. It’s probably my favorite museum in the city, just chock full of film memorabilia and fun hands-on activities. Never mind the video game arcade! They’ve unfortunately stopped showing many screenings there since they’re building an expansion to the Museum but it’s set to reopen this Fall with a brand new 264-seat theater, screening room and galleries. Check the official site for more.