Dash Shaw, USA 2021, 90’
Polish premiere
Italian Studies

A delightful (and controversial) animated feature for adults that made a splash at the Sundance and Berlinale festivals. Known for his wild imagination, cartoonist and animator Dash Shaw (My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, 8th AFF) invites viewers to the colorful world of mystical and mythological creatures, in which the managers of a certain zoo search for the legendary monster that devours dreams. During their journey, they will have to answer the key question of whether the beasts and other creatures met along the way should be captured and placed in the zoo or left alone in the wild, so that they can continue to live in peace. An extremely ambitious and intriguing work for aesthetes, outsiders, individualists, modern hippies and those who care. A New York Times reviewer described Cryptozoo as, Imbued with the polychromatic sensibility of 1960s animation like Heinz Edelmann's work on The Yellow Submarine, Cryptozoo, the new feature directed by Dash Shaw, with animation directed by Jane Samborski, is a rapturously hallucinogenic daydream for mature audiences.

Magdalena Maksimiuk


Sundance FF 2021 – NEXT Innovator Award; Berlin IFF 2021 – Special Mention Generation 14 plus; Fantasia FF 2021 – Best Animated Feature

Dash Shaw

Born in Hollywood, Dash Shaw creates graphic novels and animated films; he is also a director, actor, producer, and screenwriter. He authored the Cosplayers, Doctors and New School graphic novels. At 19, he was named one of the most promising artists at the Small Press Expo. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and his works have been shown several times in the United States as part of individual and group exhibitions, as well as in London, the Venice Biennale, Amiens and Australia.


2012 Seraph

2016 Cała szkoła idzie na dno / My Entire School Sinking Into the Sea

2021 Cryptozoo 

Cast & Crew

director Dash Shaw
screenplay Dash Shaw
editing Alex Abrahams, Lance Edmands
music John Carroll Kirby
animation Jane Samborski (animation director)
cast (voice) Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Alex Karpovsky, Zoe Kazan, Peter Stormare
producer Dexter Braff, Gail Flannigan, Drew Sykes
production Fit Via Vi Film Productions, Washington Square Films
sales The Match Factory
language English
coloration colour
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