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Directed by Dash Shaw
90 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Dazzling mythical creatures inhabit Dash Shaw’s (My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, SFF 2016) trippy Sundance-winning animated fantasy, voiced by Michael Cera, Zoe Kazan and Alex Karpovsky.
Cryptozoo takes place in a richly drawn hallucinatory world of '70s California, populated by a cast of folkloric creatures including a gorgon (Angeliki Papoulia), a Pegasus, a camoodi serpent and a baku of Japanese legend. Veterinarian Lauren Grey (Lake Bell) embarks on a journey to rescue the dream-eating baku, who saved her from her nightmares as a girl. With the threat of war and a maniacal military man hot on Lauren's heels – his sights also set on the baku – she traverses the globe via cartoon-strip-style split-screens and match cuts. As Lauren inches ever closer to completing her mission, she must choose between the danger of freedom or protection in captivity for her beloved cryptids.
Brimming with constant new ideas and visual innovation, Shaw’s work captures the flurry of thought and motion at the centre of dangerous times, and even dares to make them fun.
Eric Kohn, IndieWire
When something like Dash Shaw and Jane Samborski’s Cryptozoo comes along, it's easy to recognise as one of the most gorgeous works of American animation in ages.
Juan Barquin, The Film Stage


Fri 5 Nov
Dendy Newtown 1
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Sat 13 Nov
Event Cinemas George St 5
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Available Fri 12 Nov
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Program Strand
Features, On Demand
Unclassified 18+
In English
Dash Shaw
Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Bill Way, Tyler Davidson
Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Alex Karpovsky
Dash Shaw
Lance Edmands, Alex Abrahams
Animals & Creatures, Environmental, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Gender & Sexuality, Off-Beat, Science & Technology, Comedy, Animation
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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