The District

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NEW YORK -- This Hungarian import further expands the outrageousness quotient for animation that seemed in short supply after Ralph Bakshi but has recently come back into vogue thanks to "South Park" and its ilk. While "The District" is unlikely to achieve anything more than minor cult status on these shores, it's a raucously fun cartoon that combines raunchiness, political satire and hip-hop to sometimes exhilarating effect.

Using an imaginative visual style that melds detailed 3-D backdrops with animated figures seemingly using cutout photos of actors' heads, helmer Aron Gauder's convoluted cartoon concerns a group of Budapest teens who devise an unusual get-rich scheme. The plan: Travel via time machine to prehistoric times, where they will fill a large pit with dead mammoth carcasses in the hopes of drilling for the oil that will result over the intervening centuries.

Unfortunately, their efforts fall under the scrutiny of a number of political figures, including Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair and George W. Bush.

Populated by a sleazy assortment of characters including hustlers, hookers and thieves and featuring a succession of hip-hop numbers with obscene lyrics, "District" (original title, "Nyocker!") is short on coherence but long on audacity.
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