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Originally released back in 1973 - "Fantastic Planet" is actually quite an interesting and impressively animated feature-length film from (of all places) Czechoslovakia.
Set far off on a distant world called Ygam - "Fantastic Planet's" story was initially intended to be viewed as a metaphor concerning class struggles. This film's story was apparently based upon the Soviet's occupation of Czechoslovakia back in the late 1960's.
"Fantastic Planet's" world is a world where humans (like any other animal) have been "domesticated" by the giant, blue-skinned Traags who dominate the planet Ygam the very same way that humans dominate things here on Earth.
Based on the novel by SyFy writer, Stefan Wul - "Fantastic Planet" won Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.
There is a strange, dreamlike placidity that hangs – like a silent, terrifying fog – over René Laloux’s 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. It’s an eerie film, gently overflowing with imagination and full-blown, psychedelic, midnight movie imagery. The images, based on drawings by illustrator Roland Topor and animated by the Czech production studio Jiří Trnka, look like a deliberately impossible midpoint between the whimsy Dr. Seuss and the Hell of Hieronymus Bosch. This is a movie so striking, so strange, that it will certainly shake any modern casual science fiction fan out of their aesthetic complacency. Fantastic Planet should serve to remind us that sci-fi, as a genre, can – and perhaps should more often – be used to explore the boundless depths of aesthetic possibility.
I really like this movie, it's crafted intuitively beautiful from the plot to the characters and scenery, this would only make true sense to someone with a high consciousness. If you are sensitive to your children seeing breasts this is not for you.
This movie is so strange. I'd seen it years ago, but perhaps because this is the English language version I was about 5 minutes into it before I remembered it. Literally, this movie - in French or English- is like an altered state of consciousness. It all makes sense while you're watching it, but like a dream, it's logic disappears after a few hours back in the regular world.
PS- The cover image is wrong, it is not this movie.
It was amazing in more ways than one. The ideologies, the music, the animation and the pace of the film. Makes you think all the way through. Watch also the director's info. Worth the time.
Fine family entertainment, if you are a family of European intellectuals, or mutants. There may be a slight bias to that statement, as this is the film that scarred young Janice21383 for life.
An all time classic animated film- more in the mold of a European art film than a Disney romp fest. Worth watching.
Winner of a special jury award at Cannes, René Laloux’s hippy trippy animated adaptation of Stefan Wul’s novel—itself a thinly disguised critique on the plight of the Czech people under Soviet occupation—certainly captures the essence of early 70s psychedelia. Like Salvador Dali reimagining "Yellow Submarine" the fantastical sets of nightmarish flora and impossible fauna form the perfect backdrop for some of the film’s more esoteric elements: the Drogs (quite literally) fly high on meditative trances or are prodded into “chimerical visions” by motile tree roots while the Oms flit like pixies underfoot, often taking part in quasi-religious ceremonies involving animal sacrifices and glowing brownies. And thanks to the ubiquitous mystical magical mumbo-jumbo the underlying political message, though loud and clear, is rendered more parable and less polemic. Like, far out man!
Where do I start. The story line was very interesting and that's what kept me hooked but the art work was creepy! Towards the end I was expecting a climatic moment of resolution but I was left very disappointed. If you want a different Sci fi and animation experience you should check this out. Also keep in mind even though the rating is PG, I don't think it would be the best for young viewers.
In my opinion, this animated, Sci-Fi, Fantasy tale from 1973 was clearly "less-than-fantastic" on all counts. From its cut-out, paper-doll animation; to its ugly and nonsensical story of survival and revenge; to its "far-from-likable" characters - Fantastic Planet certainly could've been a helluva lot better than it inevitably was.
Even though the decidedly diminutive humans (aka. Oms) were the ones being portrayed as the oppressed underdogs in the story, I, for one, found it pretty difficult to root for their victory when they finally stood their ground in an all-out revolt against the red-eyed, blue-skinned giants known as Draags.
Yes. Fantastic Planet did, indeed, contain some very bizarre and trippy looking imagery at times, but, in the long run, this certainly wasn't near enough to save its story from deteriorating into a monotonous bore long before its 70-minute running time was up.
Apparently this French production won itself a jury prize (whatever that was) at Cannes.
Anyways - Even though I would honestly be quite reluctant to recommend Fantastic Planet to others, I would say that it was at least worth one viewing.
Watched this while high, and listening to the best of the Doors album...film on silent. MIND BLOWING!!!
i love this animated film. I have got this out of the library so many times, I have been thinking I better just buy a copy for myself. As an artist and a creative thinker, this film is like a religious document to me. Every time I watch it, I understand it with new dynamics.
I loved this film when I was a child. It's in good company with Alice in Wonderland, though visual. Thought provoking and fantastic, to be sure.
Fantastic Planet was, to say the least, odd and bizzare clumped together to make a weird mixture of sounds and illustrations, and you'll wonder what the hell the illustrators were taking back in the 70s to come up with such " fantastic" concepts.