by Dash Shaw



As cryptozookeepers struggle to capture a baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a zoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.


Shaw was born April 6th, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, but was raised and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. He is the cartoonist of many graphic novels, such as BodyWorld, Doctors, Bottomless Belly Button, Clue: Candlestick, and the forthcoming Discipline from the New York Review of Comics. His debut feature as writer-director, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea (starring the voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon) premiered in the NY Film Festival main slate and played Berlinale, 2017. Since then, he's been working on his follow-up film, Cryptozoo. Samples of his work can be seen at


2021 Cryptozoo
2016 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea


Lake Bell
Michael Cera
Alex Karpovsky
Zoe Kazan
Louisa Krause
Angeliki Papoulia
Thomas Jay Ryan
Peter Stormare
Grace Zabriskie


Director Dash Shaw
Screenwriter Dash Shaw
Animation Director Jane Samborski
Producers Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Bill Way, Tyler Davidson
Executive Producers Gail Flanigan, Dexter Braf, Drew Skyes
Co-Producers Dan Janvey, Kate Moran
Editors Lance Edmands, Alex Abrahams
Lead Animator Emily Wolver
Composer John Carroll Kirby
Contributing Artists Robert Beatty, Michelle Dominado, Sophie Franz, Andrew Lorenzi, Benjamin Marra, Jed McGowan, Jesse Moynhian, Jacky Samborski, Jeff Samborski, Frank Santoro, Emily Vest
Animation Assistants Johnny Dell'Angelo, Emma Hadley, Triet Le

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 90 min.
original language English


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