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Budapest gets the "South Park" treatment in "District," a rap-infused, animated musical love story that morphs into a satiric geopolitical thriller. Adventurous fests will want a look at toon that could earn a hard R-rating, though rapid-fire songs and local lingo suggest dubbing would work better for pic's prime target of international, youth-skewing cablers.

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Voices: Laszlo Szacsvay, Gyozo Szabo, Sandor Badar, Janos Horvath, Judit Jonas, Dorka Gryllus, Gabor Csore, Zoltan Rajkai, Andrea Roatis, LL Junior, Csaba Pindroch, Istvan Betz.

Budapest gets the “South Park” treatment in “District,” a rap-infused, animated musical love story that morphs into a satiric geopolitical thriller. Adventurous fests will want a look at toon that could earn a hard R-rating, though rapid-fire songs and local lingo suggest dubbing would work better for pic’s prime target of international, youth-skewing cablers.

In the rough Eighth District of the Magyar capital, star-crossed lovers from the Lakatos and Csorba families are part of a group of kids that has the idea that a way to make money is to travel back in time to arrange an oil field. Back in the past, they trap mammoths in a pit where Budapest will be built, then they come back to the present and voila — an oil deposit. This newly minted energy reserve, however, attracts the attention of the U.S., with nearly disastrous results. Fifteen credited artists labored over the distinct animated style, a jerky collage in which cutouts of actors’ heads are blended with animated bodies and surroundings; result is crude yet novel. Pic’s best gag comes at the climax, and pivots on America’s ignorance of Euro capitals with like-sounding names.

District

Hungary

Production: A Lichtof production. (International sales: MDC, Berlin.) Produced by Erik Novak, Robert Hamori. Directed by Aron Gauder. Screenplay, Viktor Nagy, Laszlo Jakab Orsos, Damage.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Krisztian Viktorin. editor, Kincso Palotas; art director, Igor Boka. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Forum of Independents), July 8, 2005. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: Voices: Laszlo Szacsvay, Gyozo Szabo, Sandor Badar, Janos Horvath, Judit Jonas, Dorka Gryllus, Gabor Csore, Zoltan Rajkai, Andrea Roatis, LL Junior, Csaba Pindroch, Istvan Betz.

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