In Review: Cryptozoo

Somewhere between René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and the world of mumblecore lies Dash Shaw’s confounding and kooky Cryptozoo, a lush but somewhat impenetrable dose of animated science fiction. Another off-center animation for adults after his My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, Shaw continues to establish himself as a one-of-a-kind storyteller standing far outside the lines of convention and normalcy. Here he pits a world of mythological beings at odds with human violence, resulting in a film that is by turns queer, audacious, bursting with originality, and finally somewhat tiring.

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