Cryptozoo (2021)

Director: Dash Shaw Run Time: 95 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alex Karpovsky, Lake Bell, Louisa Krause, Michael Cera, Zoe Kazan

Country: United States
Language: English

“If you like your animated features bold, hallucinogenic and packed with beautiful cryptids, then you are going to love Cryptozoo”

—Ramin Zahed for Animation Magazine

About the film:

Winner of the NEXT Innovator Prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Cryptozookeepers try to capture a Baku, a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend, and start wondering if they should display these beasts or keep them hidden and unknown.

About the filmmaker:

Visionary comic book writer, artist, and filmmaker Dash Shaw studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has created the graphic novels “BodyWorld”, “Doctors”, “Bottomless Belly Button”, “Clue: Candlestick” and “Discipline”. His directorial debut, the animated film My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

For his ambitious second feature Cryptozoo, some of Shaw’s inspiration came from his wife, animation director Jane Samborski, playing Dungeons & Dragons with an all-female group. Read more here.

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