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. Filmmakers Dash Shaw (director, screenwriter) and Jane Samborski (Animation Director, Producer) join us for a lively conversation on how the origin story was inspired by D&D / Pathfinder, the underground artists of the 1960s who influenced the animation style and the years of toiling on their passion project.
“Brimming with constant new ideas and visual innovation…captures the flurry of thought and motion at the center of dangerous times” – @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 Duralde, TheWrap
“The strangely earnest action movie never plays for laughs, and creates a weirdly touching portrait of sustained persecution in a hostile world where the strong exploit the weak, the feverishly exotic is always a threat, and no one is ever safe. –Stephen Garrett, Book & Film Globe