Fantastic planet

Fantastic planet

DVD - 2016 | French
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This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine like leaders.
Publisher: [Port Washington, New York] : Criterion Collection, [2016]
Edition: DVD special edition.
Copyright Date: ©1973
ISBN: 9781681431673
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM FAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (72 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches.
Alternative Title: Planète sauvage.


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Apr 18, 2019

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.

Jul 23, 2018

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.

Apr 20, 2018

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.

Jan 13, 2018

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.

Aug 24, 2016

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.

Aug 06, 2016

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.

Aug 05, 2016

An all time classic animated film- more in the mold of a European art film than a Disney romp fest. Worth watching.

Aug 05, 2016

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!

Jan 27, 2016

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.

Oct 30, 2015

I like this book ... stankita

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Feb 07, 2016

Sexual Content: Women's breasts being exposed. One woman undresses and a man undresses.

Feb 07, 2016

Violence: People being killed by giant ball rolling over them, being stepped on etch.

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Jan 27, 2016

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