‘Cryptozoo’ Review: A Dazzling, Deeply Cynical, ‘Jurassic Park’ for Mythical Creatures [Sundance 2021]
Posted on Saturday, January 30th, 2021 by Hoai-Tran Bui
“Maybe we’ll find something magical…”
There’s something about Cryptozoo that truly captures your imagination. Dash Shaw’s kaleidoscopic animated film follows a group of well-intentioned hunters of mythical creatures, who aim to gather these “cryptids” in a sanctuary called the Cryptozoo. But it’s less a sanctuary than an amusement park, a gaudy ploy to introduce these creatures of legends to the public — and make a little cash off of it. But while the 1960s-set Cryptozoo is undeniably an awesome feat of animation — recalling the likes of the psychedelic Yellow Submarine crossed with the stop-motion classic Fantastic Planet — with a cutting message, it doesn’t leave room for awe and mystery that the legendary “cryptids” at the center of the film would usually inspire.