In 1992, Belgian cinema screens witnessed a phenomenon so unexpected it could have come from outer space. The film – C’est arrivé près de chez vous (screened in English as Man Bites Dog) – was the creation of a group of student friends from INSAS, La Cambre and elsewhere. For one of their number, Vincent Tavier, it was a cinematic adventure from which there would be no turning back. Vincent was to go on making films that break the mould in every way, surrounding himself with people from the film world who share his relaxed and unconventional approach: Fabrice du Welz (Quand on est amoureux c’est merveilleux and Calvaire), the creators of “Groland” Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delepine (Aaltra), Olias Barco (Kill Me Please) and, last but not least, that inseparable duo Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier. Already friends at Brussels’ La Cambre school, the two animators – henceforth known as “Pic Pic et André” – worked together tirelessly, developing cult universes through the “Pic Pic André Show” and “Panique au Village” series – and later (still with Vincent Tavier) the 2009 spin-off feature film co-directed by Benjamin Renner and, in 2012, also in collaboration with Renner, Ernest et Célestine.
The same year, the trio embarked on a new project – the creation of Panique! The new company enabled them to concentrate on animation in addition to making successful narrative films and documentaries, and to play their part in supplementing that breath of fresh air circulating in Belgium since the 1990s. Panique! continued to support directors from the early days, producing Alleluia by Fabrice du Welz, Daniel Daniel’s The Sapinière of Love and new formats specially created for TV, La Bûche de Noël, La Rentrée des Classes and La Foire Agricole. Its collaboration in France with Autour de Minuit and Folivari – production companies which share its ethos – led to the co-production of Mathieu Auvray’s Jean-Michel Super Caribou series, adapted from the books by Magali Le Huche, Le Grand méchant renard et autres contes by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, and Chien Pourri by Davy Durand, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, based on the books by Marc Boutavant and Colas Gutman. In early 2019, Ludovic Delbecq and Hugo Deghilage joined the Panique! team. In a world that is becoming increasingly uniform, Panique! – not known for resting on its laurels – fully intends to keep shaking things up, on both the big screen and the little…
La Buche de Noël by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (2013)
La Rentrée des Classes by Stéphane Aubier et Vincent Patar (2015)
Grand Méchant Renard by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert (2016)
La Foire Agricole by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (2019)