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  • Dir. Dash Shaw
  • USA
  • 2021
  • 95 min.
  • NR
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Closed Captioning
  • Hearing Loop

Visionary comic book writer/artist/filmmaker Dash Shaw’s vibrant, fantastical animated feature follows cryptozookeepers through a richly-drawn hallucinatory world as they struggle to capture a baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) — and begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a zoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown. Featuring the voice talents of Lake Bell, Zoe Kazan, Michael Cera, Louisa Krause, Peter Stormare, Thomas Jay Ryan, Grace Zabriskie and Angeliki Papoulia, CRYPTOZOO is written and directed by Shaw, with Jane Samborski directing the stunning animation.

"One of the most gorgeous works of American animation in ages." —Juan Barquin, The Film Stage

“Brimming with constant new ideas and visual innovation, Shaw's work captures the flurry of thought and motion at the center of dangerous times, and even dares to make them fun.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“This time out, Shaw (in collaboration with animation director Jane Samborski) is even more assured as both a storyteller and as a crafter of images, be they outrageous or gorgeous, haunting or hilarious.” —Alonso Durande, The Wrap

“This should solidify [Shaw's] rep as one of the most exciting new creators of cinematic animation” —Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

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