Cryptozoo: Directed by Dash Shaw. With Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Alex Karpovsky, Zoe Kazan. 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.
This is a weird one to review: it’d be super easy to pick apart the animation style and the sheer weirdness of the idea of having a zoo full of cryptoid taken from various parts of the world, which on the face of it seems like something we’d see on a made for TV late night special starring actors that couldn’t get into Sharknado or Sharktopus. While there’s a couple names that would catch your attention, none of them are here for face recognition, nor are they even really here for voice recognition, as I’d like to think I’d be able to pick out Lake Bell or Michael Cera from a normally animated film, I wasn’t able to do this here. From the end credits I see that the animation took nearly four full years to complete, 2016 – 2020, and while it’s not exactly Disney or Dreamworks level, there’s a particular amount of nudity and violence that makes sense in this film that definitely wouldn’t make it to those other studios.
If you’re into the crypto scene (no, not that one) or want to check out something that isn’t like all those other animated films, this would be well worth your time.