Cryptozoo. 2021. USA. Written and directed by Dash Shaw. With Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Emily Davis. 95 min.
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Comic artist Dash Shaw (creator of the cult graphic novel Bottomless Belly Button and the 2016 film My Entire High School Is Sinking into the Sea) builds a kaleidoscopic world through intricate hand-drawn animation in this exploration of interspecies relationships and human greed. In 1970s California, a hippie couple deep in the forest stumble upon a Cryptozoo—an enclosure where conservationist Joan (Grace Zabriskie) has gathered a pastiche of mythical creatures, known as cryptids, from the world over. Meanwhile, Lauren (Lake Bell), a veterinarian with a special childhood connection to the gentle, dream-eating cryptid Baku, searches for the missing creature before it falls into the hands of the military. Among the most visually innovative animated films in recent memory, Cryptozoo uses a beautifully rendered world to navigate moral ambiguity and ideas of utopia.