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.